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We should be able to achieve 20,000 megawatts by 2026 – Power minister

THE Nigerian government plans to generate 20,000 megawatts of electricity by 2026 and 60,000 megawatts by 2060.

The Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, made the announcement yesterday in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, during a visit to the National Control Centre (NCC) of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

Adelabu during his speech revealed the ministry’s short and long-term objectives for increasing power generation, transmission, and distribution in Nigeria

“Like I told you, it’s an aspiration for Nigeria to have minimum of 60,000 megawatts of power by 2060; that is 60 gigawatts. And 2030 is the medium term objective of achieving 30,000 megawatts of power.

“But like I mentioned in one of the programmes I attended, in as much as we are on course in achieving this, given the experiences of other countries who are even able to achieve over 100,000 megawatts within 40 to 50 years, this is not an ambitious target for Nigeria, we can easily achieve it.

“We have target for transmission capacity, we have target for distribution capacity and we have target for power generation capacity. By 2026, we should be able to achieve 20,000 megawatts of electricity,” Adelabu said.

He noted that two more electricity substations would be built in the coming months as part of the federal government’s presidential power plan.

The Minister also left a note of warning to employees noting that if anyone was found obstructing the government’s efforts in the power sector, they would face the consequences.

He further noted that a panel has been formed to investigate what caused the recent fire at the TCN power substation in Birnin Kebbi.

This is Adelabu’s first visit to a facility under his supervision since his appointment as minister.

The Minister was accompanied on his visit to Oshogbo by ministry officials as well as TCN top management.

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