A body known as Nigeria Institute of Electrical Electronic Engineers, has commended the Federal Government’s efforts in wooing potential investors for its 2,100 hydro megawatts power projects to boost power generation transmission and distribution across the country.
President of the Port Harcourt branch of the institute, Engr Isaac Adekanya, gave the commendation while speaking with The Tide in an interview in Port Harcourt at the weekend.
The body which called for more electricity generation in the country to address the power needs of Nigerians said the initiative by the Federal Government should be consolidated for effective service delivery in the power sector.
Adekanya also canvassed for more pragmatic reforms in the power sector, through the involvement of experts in policy formulation and implementation.
He also called for the total liberalisation of the power sector to enhance competition and effective service delivery, noting that the present structures and operations of Discos, Gencos, and Transcos were mostly commercial driven and not service oriented.
He called for greater synergy between the industry and the academic institutions in terms of research and development in the power sector.
According to Adekanya, the prospect of growth of the power sector in the country depends on the adroit use of the various power potentials in different parts of the country, such as, solar, hydro, and gas.
The Tide recalls that the Minister of Water Resources, Suleima Adamu, has recently disclosed that the national water resources Master plan and road map, identified that; “Nigeria has a hydro power potential of 12,220 megawatts, but only 1,930 megawatts of this potentials had been developed at Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro Dams”.
The minister further disclosed that the Federal Government was in advanced discussion with potential investors for other hydro power projects, including Gurara II (350 MW), Lokoja (750 MW), and Markurdi (100 MW), among others.
By: Taneh Beemene.