Nigeria’s installed grid power generation capacity has reached all-time high from 8,000mega watts in 2015 to 130,000 megawatts, the Minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman has said.
Speaking when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Power yesterday, the Minister said the development was significant considering economic challenges facing the country.
According to the minister, the transmission capacity also also from 5,000 Mega Watts to to 8000 megawatts against the 4,500 Mega Watts in 2015.
He regretted however that the private sector run distribution system had the least capacity in the power value chain.
The minister, who spoke while defending the Ministry’s 2021 budget before members of the House of Representatives Committee on Power said the sum of N204.348 billion would be required to run affairs of the Ministry in 2021.
In his speech, the chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Power, Hon. Magaji Aliyu frowned at the slow pace of development in the power sector despite huge amounts of money sank in the sector.
He also expressed displeasure over the unilateral decision of the Executive to redeploy the supervisory power of Nigerian Bulk Electricity from Federal Ministry of Power to Federal Ministry of Finance saying it breached the provisions of the 1999 Constitution and the Power Sector Reform Act.
“As far as we are concerned in this Parliament, NBET still remains under the purview of the Committee on Power, you have to go and ascertain that by yourself.
“Within the hierarchy of House of Representatives, we have written several letters, we have communicated with you as Hon. Minister, I have a personal conversation with you and I told her we have what we call the Standing Order of this parliament, and it’s still remaining here.
“This Standing Order can only be changed in the 10th Assembly in 2023.
“The President has the prerogative to do that but there’s a legal way of doing things“, he said.