Nigeria Aims to Boost Power Generation to 6500 Megawatts in 6 Months, Minister Reveals

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has unveiled plans to significantly increase the country’s power generation capacity from its current 4000 megawatts to between 6000 and 6500 megawatts within the next three to six months. The Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, made this known during a meeting with agency heads and stakeholders in the Nigerian power industry.

Adelabu emphasized that the current power generation level of 4000 megawatts is unacceptable, and there is a need to ramp up generation to meet the growing demand for electricity in the country. He pointed out that Nigeria had achieved a peak generation of 5700 megawatts in November 2021, indicating that the infrastructure is in place to reach the new target.

The minister attributed the low power generation to gas supply issues but expressed confidence that the capacity to generate 6000 megawatts is present in the power generation companies. He assured that once the gas supply challenges are addressed, the ministry is poised to increase generation to the desired level.

Adelabu reiterated the government’s commitment to ensuring stable electricity supply for consumers, stating that efforts are being made to rectify the situation swiftly. He also highlighted the administration’s dedication to identifying and resolving the underlying issues within the power sector to achieve a reliable electricity supply.

The meeting convened by the Ministry of Power aimed to address the challenges facing the power sector and chart a course for achieving the set target of 6500 megawatts in the coming months.

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