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Why Nigeria can’t generate additional 5000MW power

The Federal Government, on Wednesday, said it could not reach its earlier proposed power generation target of 5,000 Megawatts due to gas shortage.

The Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu, disclosed this to State House Correspondents shortly after the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

On July 1, 2022, The PUNCH reports that the Minister of State for Power, Mohammad Notezai, announced that an additional 5,000 megawatts of electricity would be added to the national grid by March 2023.

Reiterating the same stance in an interview with one of our correspondents on July 19, the Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Garba Sanusi, explained why the commission’s 5,000MW target is realistic saying that the feasibility of delivering such a level of supply to consumers is high.

Sanusi had lamented that 80 per cent of the country’s power generation comes from gas, and the sustainability of gas to generate plants has been constrained largely due to breakdown, vandalism, maintenance work, or disruption of supply to the power plants.

However, with the current supply below the target and fluctuating, the power minister once again blamed gas supply saying his ministry does not have exclusive control to the vital resource.

According to him, whereas the government had entered into a firm contract with the Nigerian…

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