By Deborah Oyewo
Following the promise contained in the manifesto of the All Progressives Congress party in the 2015 general election to vigorously pursue and generate up to 40,000 megawatts of power in four to eight years.
The present epileptic power supply in the country has depicted a contrary notion as the Buhari-led administration has not been able to generate 7,000 megawatts in a year.
According to an associate professor of Energy/Electricity law in the University of Lagos, Yemi Oke who spoke during an interview on Channels TV the 40,000 promised by the Buhari-led administration is not feasible in years to come.
He maintained that “the upper maximum that the power sector can go is 5,000 megawatts, even with the 7,000 capacity, the very peak of it is 5,000 because we keep roving around 3,000 and 4,000 megawatts, if the unexpected happens then we will peak at 5,000.”Nigerians solely believe we get power from gas, 65% is what we get from gas, we can derive power from hydro and this is even a renewable and not prone to vandalisation like gas.
Speaking further, the energy professor noted, “we have a lot of abandoned water dams in several regions in the state like Oyo, Ogun and others, these are hydro dams that could be restructured and revitalise for small scale power generation and distribution.”
Oke attributed the problem of the power sector to have been an age long problem in the country and will only be curb its modules are decentralised.
He however called on all government tiers to collaborate as power should not be a national grid and Discos should be cross-licensed.
Earlier, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, assured Nigerians that plans are ongoing to stabilise power in the country.
In his words, “In a bid to ensure stability, meetings are ongoing on how to store gas and the Ministry of Petroleum is determined to unlock the gas to this effect and several other projects as result will continue to manifest slowly”
On the privatisation of the sector, the minister said “there is often general efficiency in the private sector than the government sector and Nigerians made the call for privatisation of the sector, and going by how far we have come, we assure Nigerians the best,” he added.