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2000mw coming on national grid, but next year—Fashola

Indications have emerged that the current sustained supply of electricity nationwide may continue even till next year.

This is coming on the heels of an assurance by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola who revealed that plans are underway to pump not less than2, 000 megawatts to the national grid by 2017 and bolster electricity supply across the country.

Investigations have shown that there are several ongoing infrastructure projects in the power sector which will culminate into possible stability of power come next year.

Fashola, who gave an account of his one year in office at an interactive session with the media at the weekend, said the projects when completed would address the issue of unstable electricity supply.

He said 2016 remained a peak year with electricity generation of 4010mw, despite 3,000mw lost to gas pipe vandalisation in the Niger Delta areas.

But the former Governor of Lagos who many believed may not do well in the three lumped up ministries expressed regrets that notwithstanding a paltry budget of N5 billion in 2016, the ministry spent so much on offsetting outstanding debts to contractors, meaning that ongoing work on 100 transmission projects was halted.

Fashola listed the ongoing projects to include 215 mw Kaduna Power, 40mw Kashimbila Power (hydro), 40mw Gurara 1 Power (hydro), 29 mw Dadin Kowa Power (hydro), 10 mw Katsina Power (wind), 1,125 mw (14 solar plants) and the 240mw emergency power project for Afam (gas).