By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu has hinted that Nigerian government is aiming at achieving a power generation capacity of 20,000 megawatts by 2026 and 60,000 megawatts by 2060.
Chief Adelabu dropped this hint in Osogbo at the weekend, during his visit to the National Control Centre (NCC) of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) in Osogbo, Osun State
The minister pointed out that towards achieving this, the Ministry of Power has mapped out short and long-term plans to enhance power generation, transmission, and distribution in the country.
“Like I told you, it’s an aspiration for Nigeria to have a minimum of 60,000 megawatts of power by 2060; that is 60 gigawatts. And 2030 is the medium-term objective of achieving 30,000 megawatts of power”, he said.
Chief Adelabu added, “But like I mentioned in one of the programmes I attended, in as much as we are on course in achieving this, given the experiences of other countries who are even able to achieve over 100,000 megawatts within 40 to 50 years, this is not an ambitious target for Nigeria, we can easily achieve it”.
“We have a target for transmission capacity, we have a target for distribution capacity and we have a target for power generation capacity. By 2026, we should be able to achieve 20,000 megawatts of electricity,” Adelabu said.
The Minister stressed that two additional power substations will be established soon as part of the federal government’s presidential power initiative.
Chief Adelabu then warned any government employee found undermining power sector efforts and shared the formation of a panel to investigate the recent fire incident at TCN’s substation in Birnin Kebbi of necessary sanctions