The Minister of Power, Adelabu Adebayo, has convened a meeting with Directors, Heads of agencies, and parastatals of the Ministry of Power to address the ongoing electricity challenges in Nigeria and strategize for achieving stable power supply. The meeting took place at the Ministry’s Secretariat in Abuja.
Recall that Adelabu resumed duty last week Monday following the inauguration of 45 ministers by President Bola Tinubu at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Meanwhile, Adelabu has said Nigerians will start witnessing improved electricity supply between six months and one year.
Speaking with reporters on Friday at the Ladoke Akintola Airport in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, Adelabu acknowledged that the task ahead may be daunting but not insurmountable.
He said: “We know it is not something that is achievable overnight, but we believe that once the foundation is laid, others can also build on it. I can tell you that between six months and one year, we will start seeing improvements in the power sector.
“Within the next six months, there would be a major addition to the national grid, in terms of the hydropower plant, that is the Zungeru 700mw in Niger state that is about to be completed.
“This will be the biggest one in sub-Saharan Africa when completed. The Kainji dam, which we all grew up to know, supplies about 460mw, Shiroro dam supplies about 520mw.
“I will do everything to ensure that the Zungeru power plant is inaugurated and subsequently add 700mw to the national grid.
“This is a new era, and I will use everything that God has given me to ensure that we have a stable power supply in the country.”