Babatunde Raji Fashola, Nigeria’s minister of Power Works and Housing has announced that Nigerians will see massive improvements in power supply by August
Speaking at an event called “Power Sector Reform In Nigeria: Challenges and the Way Forward,” held at the University of Lagos, the Fomer Lagos Governor assured Nigerians that the Government is working hard to ensure improved service delivery.
We are working round the clock to solve the power supply problem. We are going to get more power by August
How we get equipment, transformers, and all of the equipment needed within the next cycle of 60 to 90 days is critical so that we don’t lose all that energy that is coming from the rainy season
The power minister explained that although Nigerians mainly interact with the distribution companies, they are not the only players in the Nigerian power sector. He said ordinary Nigerians who illegally supply substandard power equipment exacerbate the challenges the sector faces.
If you don’t pay for electricity, you have violated a law. But we are now trying to make that law stronger, and we are looking at how to include fines and to increase the consequences. We want to make it easier to comply than to violate
Fashola also informed his audience that meters are calibrated differently for different distribution companies, adding that for a meter to be transferred, it has to be recalibrated by the distribution company in its new area of use.
There are different types of consumers and therefore they require different kinds of meters. Meters are calibrated differently for each distribution company. So, the meter that Ikeja disco has – if you move them from Ikeja disco, they must be recalibrated before you can use them. If you use the wrong meter, you’ll pay the wrong tariff
On the agitation to cancel the privatization of the power sector, the power minister said, “Instead of saying ‘cancel the privatization,’ I would rather say, let us rework the privatization and re-engineer it to make it work.