By Abimbola Fashakin, Lagos
Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has expressed optimism that Mambila Power Station still under construction will ensure incremental power by adding 3000mw to the national grid.Fashola stated that in the short period since the roadmap on power policy was adopted in November 2015 and February of this year, generation capacity rose to 5,074 mw, the highest generation in the country before militants started bombing oil and gas infrastructure.
“Also solar and other renewable energies will also play a major role in our roadmap to incremental power. We have recently signed 14PPAs for the delivery of 1,125MW of solar. Other renewable energy projects, such as the 10MW wind plant in Katsina are also in various stages of completion,” he said.
Meanwhile he also appealed to Nigerians to manage expectations within the bounds of reason so they do not continually set themselves up for disappointment in the quest for improved power supply.
Fashola made this appeal in a speech delivered at the 2016 edition of National Association of Energy Correspondents in Lagos in a speech titled Gas to Power: Challenges and Opportunities.”
“I urge you to act to manage expectations, everything we seek to achieve will be achieved and more but we will not get there overnight,” said Fashola.
The minster also said that the reason the administration has not made sensational promises about delivering thousands of megawatts is because this strategy by previous administrations have been unsuccessful as they merely raised hopes and didn’t live up to the billing.
“We have all travelled down that road before. We have heard all those promises with each new government but we have scarcely seen the promises fulfilled,”Fashola said.
Rather than going down this route, he said government’s role in the energy sector as policymaker and regulatory supervisor, will focus on the roadmap for power sector developed by the administration.
“Our roadmap for change is premised on a simple but effective strategy of providing incremental power which will lead to steady power which will lead to uninterrupted power. I can confidently declare that this strategy is delivering results,” he said.
Fashola advised the energy journalists to seek the right information and help manage expectations in the sector.
“I urge you in this regard to pay closer attention to the monthly meeting which I and my team hold with Operators in the Power Sector as a source of authentic information about the sector.”