The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, said that the President Mohammadu Buhari lead Administration has fulfilled its promise on incremental, steady and uninterrupted power supply. Saying, “I promised that we will improve on gas supply, increase the transmission capacity, pay MDA debts and generally improve your experience with power supply, first by getting incremental power, then proceed to stable power and hopefully reach uninterrupted power”.
Making this known, Monday, in Abuja while addressing the Press to mark his third year in office, Fashola said his team has succeeded in increasing power generation from 4000MW to 7000MW, transmission from 5000 MW to 7000 MW and distribution from 2,690 MW to 5,222MW. “We are still delivering additional generation from Kaduna 215MW, Afam IV 240 MW, Kashimbilla 40MW, Gurara 30 MW, Dadin-kowa 29 MW; Power for nine universities, 15 markets and two big hydro power plants of 700 MW in Zungeru and 3,050 MW in Mambilla,” he said.
He added that the government has also delivered additional transmission from 90 projects nationwide with Apo, Mayo Belwa, Damaturu, Maiduguri, Odogunyan and Ejigbo being recently completed. The Minister said that the government was in the process of delivering additional distribution through over 100 injection substations and distribution expansion programme to be funded by the Federal Government, which is now in an advanced state of procurement
Speaking further, the Minister said “As our policies on Mini Grids, Meter Asset Provider, Eligible Customer, and liquidity sustenance and improved governance deepens, your experience with power supply can only get better”.
The Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) has been charged to ensure that the Distribution Companies (DisCos) begin to embrace innovative ways of metering to quickly end the agitation of customers over unmeasured electricity bills.
Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, represented by the Permanent Secretary (Power), Louis Edozien gave this charge yesterday in a keynote address at the second NEMSA Stakeholders’ Forum in Abuja.
He said: “There are new ways, innovative approaches to metering. It is not the same industry it was five years ago. There are new opportunities that are made possible by mobile networks.” Harping on the mandate of NEMSA to enforcing technical standards and meter testing, he urged the DisCos to key into safe practices in their networks’’.
According to the Managing Director of NEMSA, Engr. Peter Ewesor, many electrical accidents are caused by poor networks, poor installations, use of untreated wooden poles, substandard electrical materials and equipment among others which the forum seek to address by enlightening stakeholders on its enforcement directives and ban of those practices.
Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Prof. James Momoh who decried the high rate of electrical accidents in the industry said since 2017, 113 deaths have been recorded due to violation of standards and substandard installations. He said the forum was apt to chart ways on reducing these accidents
The Federal Government on Monday said it has signed the contract for the construction of the $5.72billion Mambilla hydropower project in Taraba State. The project he said, was designed 40 years ago and is expected to add 3,050 megawatts of power to the national grid when completed.
Giving a progress report on his third year in office as Minister of Power, Works and Housing in Abuja, Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, said the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has already approved the amount which would be raised as loan from the Chinese Government. “They (Chinese) have the technology. They have done it before. We are now trying to negotiate the final tranche of the loan,”
He explained that the Federal Government would provide 15 percent of the cost of the project as counterpart funding, while China will provide 85% of the loan as well as the manpower because of their experience in building the three Gorges Dam in China that generates about 20,000MW. He promise that the project would take off this year.
“We have received Expression of Interest (EOI) from 116 Nigerian companies for the construction. They are interested in providing security, banking services, insurance of goods, transport and logistics. So, we are drawing the guidelines for the procurement. Nigerians will benefit the most. We are going to need 31,240,000 bags of cement, 18,981,000 metric tons of aggregate gravels, stones, granite and sand to mix the cement. We are going to need 42,000 tons of steel. The 31,240,000 million bags of cement have to be transported. Imagine the number of drivers. Also, imagine the demand for tires,” he said
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) wishes to inform the general public that the disruption and subsequent load shedding of electricity supply experienced in some parts of Benin City and its environs was due to maintenance work carried out by the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC).
In a release signed by the General Manager, Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, TCN said the disruption which occurred on 7th November, 2018 was caused by BEDC maintenance crew while they were clearing shrubs close to the substation where a branch from a tree fell and tripped the primary and secondary breakers of the T21 60MVA, 132/33Kv transformer.
Bulk power supply to the area has been restored and is on load shedding through a back feed from transformer T24 to bring relief to GRA, Etete, Switch Station, Koko, Ikpoba Dam and Nkpenekpen.
The company regrets the situation and reassures customers that normal supply will be restored as soon as its engineers rectify the damaged breakers
Our focus this week on the Power Sector Recovery Programme is on “Action Steps Towards PSRP Intervention Implementation”. The first in this series is to, Establish sustainable and appropriate electricity tariff: the government will implement an electricity tariff trajectory that ensures sustainable tariffs over five (5) years and commit to fund historical and future sector deficits (2017 – 2021). The followings are the Action steps towards implementing the establish of sustainable and appropriate electricity tariffs
NERC issues Guidelines for DisCos to prepare Performance Implementation Plans (PIP) as part of MYTO Major Review (Reset)
NERC finalizes and approves after consultation, refinement of the MYTO methodology for determining the revenue requirement of DisCos and for TCN taking into consideration FGN tariff policy, inputs by the System Operator and, including procedures and formulae for periodic adjustment
TCN files for new MYTO revenue requirement following the revised methodology, including the transmission investment plan, for NERC review, consultation and determination.
Each DisCo prepares and submits to NERC the PIP covering the requirements and procedure in NERC guidelines.
NERC reviews the tariff application (based on their revenue requirement) filled by each DisCo following the MYTO methodology, including the PIP, and the setting of performance baselines and targets, and carries out consultation hearing.
NERC issues the MYTO order for each DisCo and for TCN.
NERC monitors implementation of approval PIP, and of performance results compared to baseline and targets to evaluate improvement of each DisCos, and reports in its website for each DisCo progress in implementation of the PIP and evaluation of performance compared to baseline and targets.
Automatic adjustments (minor review) are implemented as required in the methodology subject to the tariff trajectory policy during the tariff period, for each DisCo and for TCN.
The Federal Government will within the next one year provide stable electricity to 80,000 shops, 320,000 micro, small and medium scale enterprises (MSMEs) in 16 economic clusters across the country to help them improve their operations and significantly cut down cost.
Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, made this disclosure during the commissioning of the 1.5 mega- watts (MW) Sura Shopping Complex Independent Power project (IPP) in Lagos State recently.
Government, through the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) has commenced the implementation of its Energizing Economies Initiative (EEI), which aim is to provide efficient, clean and sustainable power to four economic clusters across Nigeria.
Osinbajo, explained that the initiative would have a trans formative impact with the provision of reliable power supply to small and medium size enterprises by increasing their economic growth.“Within the next year, over 80,000 shops and 320,000 MSMEs in 16 economic clusters serving at least 18 million Nigerians will be electrified, creating over 2,500 jobs in the process.
“In the coming years, Nigeria will experience massive economic growth; the Sura shopping complex is the flagship off grid power project that will help unleash Nigeria’s immense economic potential, said Osinbajo.
Similarly, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN who was at the ceremony, stated that the EEI was in line with Government’s plans to ensure that businesses in Nigeria enjoy stable electricity supplies.
Fashola said: “The Energizing Economies initiative further illustrates the commitment of the Federal Government to providing electricity to Nigerian businesses. Government cannot do it alone and we have been working closely with the private sector.“ Sura IPP represents small pockets of transformative change that will ultimately translate to significant economic development in Nigeria.
Accordingly, Managing Director of REA, Damilola Ogunbiyi, stated that the Sura power system was built in collaboration with private sector operators who has the right competence. She noted that other markets would be electrified through the EEI.
“The Sura business experience has been completely transformed into a safe, clean, cost effective and business - friendly environment. This is the sort of progress FGN is committed to scaling through the Energizing Economies Initiative.“We are collaborating with qualified private sector developers to roll out off-grid electrification projects across the country – Sura is just the beginning of our success story,’’ Ogunbiyi, explained.
Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, has charged top Management Officials of the Ministry and its Agencies to imbibe team spirit by understanding and relating with one another to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in their working relationship and service delivery. He said a lot more can be done and even better done if there is understanding among the officers”.
In his keynote address delivered at the 5th edition of the Top Management Retreat of the Ministry, which had as its theme: ‘’Public Service and the Ease of Doing Business’’, held in Sokoto last weekend, the Minister said the purpose of the retreat was to afford participants the opportunity to review policies and programmes of the Ministry and its Agencies with the aim of improving the quality of service offered to the public. According to him, the retreat “provides an opportunity to stand back and reflect, where we are, have we improved and also look back to see where we can improve upon”. He also noted that issues of growth and prosperity are determined by what the Management does as they are entrusted to do them. He therefore urged participants to re- position and be pro- active in overcoming challenges encountered by devising strategies to improve on service delivery.
Noting that in spite of the drop in the country’s ranking by one point from 145th to 146th from the World Bank’s ranking which he attributed to competitive improvement by other countries, there has however been a remarkable improvement in the area of ease of doing business in Nigeria with the Presidential Order as the Ministry has keyed into the Order particularly in the implementation of procurement processes and response time to inquiries and staff matters.
He reeled out the growth indices in the three infrastructure sectors of the economy: Power, Transportation and Construction from statistics supplied by the National Bureau of Statistics. Fashola highlighted the growth of +7.59% in the 2nd quarter of 2018 as against -11.61% in the same period of 2015 in the Power sector, Transportation recorded +21.76% as against +4.84% and Construction had a growth of +7.66% as against +6.42% during the same period.Taking cognizance of the season of the ‘Ember Months’ and the pressure on infrastructure due to increased activities and movements, the Minister urged participants to re - position and be pro- active in overcoming such challenges and devise strategies to improve on service delivery during the period.
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has apologized for the current power supply limitation within Sokoto, Talata-Mafara and Gusau, resulting from transmission capacity constraints on its Birnin-Kebbi-Sokoto-Talata-Mafara-Gusau transmission line, which was caused by the collapse of 132kV tower between Funtua and Gusau.
According to the statement signed by the General Manager Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, the situation was caused by the collapse of Tower No 307 on Funtua-Gusau Transmission line route which cut off bulk electricity supply to Gusau. As remedial measure however, the Company has started back-feeding distribution load centers in Gusau through its 80MW capacity Birnin Kebbi-Sokoto-Talata-Mafara Transmission line. The combined capacity of Sokoto, Talata-Mafara and Gusau is much higher than the maximum capacity the line is built to carry, resulting in overload of the line and consequently, reduced bulk electricity to Sokoto, Birnin-Kebbi and Gusau.
TCN said it had already mobilized a contractor to site and have started erecting a new tower which would be completed in two weeks. It further revealed that investigations into the cause of the collapse is on-going and would soon be concluded.
The Company further stated that under the on-going Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Program (TREP), procurement for the Kainji-Birnin Kebbi-Sokoto 330kV transmission Line and a 330kV substation in Sokoto will soon commence. The procurement of high capacity conductors for the re-conductoring Birnin Kebbi-Sokoto and Kaduna-Zaria-Funtua-Gusau 132kV Transmission lines that will double the current capacity of the lines has also reached advanced stage.
TCN appealed to the Governments and good people of Sokoto and Zamfara States for patience, and assured that the tower would be completed as scheduled and normal power transmission restored to electricity consumers in the States.
President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote has posited that for the Ministry to make significant impact, it must think “outside the box” on how to fund its projects, noting that the reliance on budgetary allocations which he said is usually grossly inadequate and often not released on time to allow for prompt executions and implementations of the projects has slowed down the infrastructural developmental growth of the Nation.
Dangote gave the charge at the 5th edition of the Top Management Retreat of the Ministry, which had as its theme: ‘’Public Service and the Ease of Doing Business’’, held in Sokoto last weekend, suggested that the funding of the Ministry could be improved upon through collaboration with the private sector and strategic funding such as the SUKUK, levies on petrol, tax credit refund and other innovative funding options for infrastructure.
According to him, the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria would improve the level of business transaction in the Country and position private companies to make more profits and in turn pay more taxes to the government. He advocated the need to reduce the cost of gas and make it available and ensure payments are made in Naira to local purchases
Our focus this week on the Power Sector Recovery Programme is on the forth and the last group of Intervention, known as Policy Interventions. This Intervention is comprised of the following components/reform actions:
* Fiscal and monetary policies aimed at encouraging private sector investments: Increase awareness of fiscal and monetary policies pertaining to the power sector such as duty waivers, and pioneer status.
* Increased electricity access: Implement off – grid and renewable energy solutions, and creation of a framework for off – grid development plan including mini – grid and solar home systems.
* Economic procurement of power: In order that additional generation capacity requirements are assessed and phased - in carefully, institutionalize the LCDP by designing a Ministry/agency with the responsibility for LCDP preparation and regular updates, as well as enforce governance arrangements that define roles and responsibilities of relevant agencies for ensuring that future investments are made consistent with the LCDP.
FASHOLA LALONG HASSAN AT THE 3RD NATIONAL COUNCIL ON POWER IN JOS PLATEAU STATE
Hon Minister of Power Works Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola SANright and Governor of Plateau State Barr Simon Bako Lalongleft during the Executive Session of the 3rd National Council on PowerNACOP with the theme Completing Power Sector Reforms at the Crest Hotel Gardens Old Airport Road Jos Plateau State on Thursday 21st September 2017
FASHOLA INSPECTS ONGOING REHABILITATION RECONSTRUCTION AND EXPANSION OF THE LAGOS IBADAN EXPRESSWAY
Hon Minister of Power Works Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN2nd leftFederal Controller of Works Ogun State Engr Joshua Popoola 4th rightbehind a Supervisor in the Ministry Engr Mrs Olokeogun Abiola left and othersduring the HonMinisters inspection of the ongoing Rehabilitation Reconstruction and Expansion of theLagos Ibadan Expresswayon Thursday 25th October 2018