For the first time in Nigeria, electricity generation rose to 5,074.7MW (megawatts) and highest maximum daily energy of 109,372MWH (megawatts hour) nationwide as announced by the System Operator, Transmission Company of Nigeria on Tuesday February 2, 2016.
Previously, the highest generation before now was 4,883.9MW, achieved on Monday, November 23, 2015, while the highest maximum daily energy distributed nationwide was 107,142.32MWH recorded on Tuesday, January 26, 2016.
In a statement signed by Assistant General Manager, Public Affairs of TCN, Clement Ezeolisah, the new peak generation of 5,074.7MW was attained at 9:30pm on Tuesday, February 2, 2016.
The Managing Director, System Operation/Market Operation, TCN, Dipak Sarma, attributed the twin peak achievements to the enhanced cooperation among all the power sector stakeholders and concerted efforts by system operators at the National Control Centre (NCC) and other stations to ensure that generated electricity was wheeled to the distribution companies and that there was no stranded power.
This development comes as the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, had on Tuesday, assured that power supply will increase by an additional 2000MW by the end of 2016.
In a statement by Assistant Director of Press, Etore E. Thomas, at the Ministry’s budget defense before the Senate Committee on Power and Mines, the Minister expressed optimism that the feat would be achieved given the various plans undertaken by the present administration in the sector, adding that a lot had changed in the management of power in the country, in recent times.
“Distribution of Power is no longer government business, but has been taken over by private Companies. Also government has privatized power generation which has steered towards the full privatization of the sector with transmission aspect being managed by Manitoba International of Canada,” the Minister said.
According to him, the 2016 budget focused more on the transmission, completion of on-going projects, refurbishing power plants and tackling gas supply issues, adding that if all these are well addressed, the expected projection would boost electricity generation in the country.
The Minister further stated that the ministry plans to take its role as a policy maker more seriously while the agencies will be tasked more on implementation and execution of government’s agenda for the sector.