President Muhammadu Buhari said Wednesday in
Abuja that his administration will give the fullest
possible attention to boosting power supply in
Nigeria because it was convinced that steady
electricity will launch the country into faster socio-
economic development.
Speaking after being briefed by the Permanent
Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, Ambassador
Godknows Igali, President Buhari said that his
administration had already identified the critical
problems in Nigeria’s power sector and was taking
appropriate actions to address them.
The President said that his administration had also
prioritized certain measures in its action plan to
boost electricity supply in Nigeria.
“The problems besetting our power sector are not
difficult to identify. Therefore, priorities can be
easily set in order to tackle them.
“The problems are more with transmission than
generation, and we equally need to secure the
power infrastructure round the country.
“We will address all these issues,” the President
Ambassador Igali told the President that power
generation in Nigeria which was 1,750 MW in 1999,
had now peaked at 4,600 MW.
He added that gas was available to take generation
to 5,500 MW in a short time, but that the country
needed to expand its electricity infrastructure to
accommodate additional power generation.
Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)


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