The Institute of Electrical Electronic Engineers of Nigeria has urged the Federal Government to generate more electricity to stimulate sustainable economic growth in the country.
President of the Port Harcourt Branch of the institute, Engineer Isaac Adekanya gave the charge in an interview with The Tide in Port Harcourt, at the weekend.
He pointed out that the major incentive needed for economic growth and industrialisation in Nigeria is effective power generation and transmission across the country.
Engineer Adekanya faulted a situation where the power generated in the country is concentrated at Oshogbo for transmission across the country, noting that such policy was not in the best interest of the nation’s economy, given the peculiar power needs of the various states of the federation.
“Nigeria as a nation comprises of various states, with their various power demands and needs it is unsatisfactory for power to be distributed across the country from a concentrated station, as this may not represent the actual power needs of the states, the various states should be allowed to generate power based on comparative advantages”.
Adekanya also called for a review of the Nigerian power policy for optimal service delivery, noting that the present structure of the power sector does not reflect the content development policy, as the input of indigenous experts in the power sector was missing. To achieve the objectives of the content development act in the power sector, the institute said its members should be given opportunities to make inputs in policy formulation and implementation.
“We, in the Institute of Electrical Electronic Engineering of Nigeria, are ready to make our contributions for the development of the Nigerian power sector, we need to be given the right opportunity to make meaningful impact in the sector, and this calls for a stronger synergy between the institute and the government.
The institute also attributed the lapses in the sector to the manner of allocation of operational lisences to Discos, Gencos and Transcos, which it noted were based on commercial considerations, rather than effective service delivery.