By Adenitan Akinola
The Federal Government is targeting the generation and operational use of twenty thousand megawatts of electricity before the end of the first tenure of the President Tinubu led administration.
The Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu gave the indication during a working visit to the National Control Center,NCC,.in Osogbo, the Capital of Osun State.
Chief Adelabu explained that eighty percent of the twenty thousand megawatts projected would be from the national grid, while the remaining would accrue from off-grid power generation sources, including solar and renewable energy which are also currently in operation in the country.
He added that Nigeria was equally anticipating a mid term power generation of 30,000 megawatts from the national grid by 2030 and 60,000 megawatts by 2060.
The Minister who agreed that the Nigeria power generation and distribution required much improvement, particularly in the era of technological advancement said the sector need huge investment for a turn around, adding that the renewed Hope administration of president Bola Tinubu was committed to ensuring that the nation achieve stable power supply.
“The entire sector requires a lot of investment. Nigeria’s budget cannot be enough for all that we need which is why we are thanking our various partners. We have partners who are also supporting us and we cannot afford to disappoint them because they are putting down money and they want to see what we are doing.”
The Minister expressed displeasure with what he called forceful shot down of the national control centre facility during the last two days warning strike declared by the Nigeria Labour Congress, saying such attitude constitute threat to national security and the interest of the ordinary Nigerians which the Labour unions said they were defending.
Chief Adelabu appealed to Labour unions and all Nigerians that no matter what the circumstances are, nothing must push citizens to deliberately destroy their national assets.”
“I’m not against industrial actions, it is part of labour relations but when we are doing it, we must be conscious of what is our collective asset. Industrial actions will be resolved whether we like it or not but in the course of the action, what have we destroyed? Vandalizing assets in the control centre is an economic crime that must be so treated. We need to talk to ourselves.”
In a remark, the Vice Chairman of the Association of Senior Staff Union of Allied Electricity Workers, Mr Ladeji Olatunji urged the federal government to consider the urgent need for training and retraining of the workforce of the power sector to make them compliant with global trend in electricity management.
Earlier, the Managing Director of the Transition Company of Nigeria, Alhaji Sule AbdulAzeez who alongside the General Manager of the NCC conducted the Minister round the operations of the Control center, thanked him for the visit ana pleaded with him to push for the improved investment in Hi-Tech innovation for the center and power generation in the country generally.
The National Electricity Control Center (NCC), Osogbo is responsible for all TCN Grid Operations, Monitoring and Control within the Transmission network, moving electricity around the country from where it is generated to where it is needed.