Bilkisu Adejoh

The 5th National Council on Power (NACOP) kicked-off in Abuja, Monday 5th of December and is expected to run till 8th December, 2022 with the theme: Sustaining and improving electricity supply through the power sector value chain for socioeconomic growth

The occasion which was chaired by the Permanent Secretary, Temitope Fashedemi said the focus of NACOP 2022 is to assess the progress, reaffirm commitments, examine the challenges of the moment and take decisions to overcome them to ensure the sector achieves the desired
outcome.

Fashedemi stressed that there are still serious concerns affecting the various segments of the sector.

He lamented the slow progress made in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) as improvements made since the enactment of the Electricity Power Sector Reform Act (EPSR) in 2005 and the Road Map for the Power Sector in 2010, were being undermined by issues like gas constraint, Right of Way(RoW), vandalism, non-cost reflective tariff, inadequate maintenance; explaining that all these cause illiquidity issues and subsequently inadequate power to meet the needs of the people

He reels out the achievements of the Ministry of Power and Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) which include mapping out 3,937 settlements, 3,244,605 buildings within 60,183 kilometre radius in 23 states to be soon hooked up to the national grid.

He added that the vision seeks to make available 30 Gigwatts (GW) of electricity by the year 2030 with 30% of the energy mix coming from renewable energy sources.

The Permanent Secretary urged participants/stakeholders to brainstorm and come up with practical solutions to the challenges facing the sector

Speaking also, the Managing Director, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN),Sule Abdulaziz, said that the company has made significant progress in its main mandates of grid expansion, grid maintenance, and grid operation since the last NACOP meeting

TCN has made significant improvements in the grid, through its Nigeria Electricity Grid Maintenance, Expansion, and Rehabilitation Programme (NEGMERP),’’ he said.

Speaking further, the Managing Director Rural Electrification Agency(REA),Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad said the Agency has previously focused on grid extension investments but is now mandated to concentrate on providing off-grid solutions to rural dwellers such as minigrids and solar home systems. REA’s goal is to encourage and promote private sector participation in rural development using the nation’s abundant renewable energy sources while ensuring that Government Agencies, Co-operatives and Communities, actively participate in enhancing electricity service delivery.

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