Lai Mohammed, the Honorable Minister of Information has increased the hope of Nigerians in the country after he announced that by 2023, the country would produce about 11,000MW of electricity. Nigeria currently produces about 4000MW and this figure is obviously not enough to satisfy the needs of citizens in the country.
However Lai Mohammed has now assured Nigerians of better days ahead after his announcement which has been seen by many as impressive, while others mock in acute disbelief knowing the promises that have lingered since time immemorial with regards to constant power supply in the country.
The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed said the German firm will be growing the present 3,400 megawatts to 7,000MW by the end of 2021. Lai Mohammed also added while expressing patriotic optimism that they will then grow the megawatts to 1,000 megawatts by the end of 2023 which will be regarded as the (phase 2) and 25,000 megawatts in the third phase.
The Minister said,
“Following an agreement with German company Siemens in July 2019 to boost power supply in Nigeria, the stage is set for the perennial power problem to become a thing of the past.
“Under the three-phase agreement, Nigerians will enjoy 7,000 megawatts of reliable power supply by the end of 2021 (phase 1), 11,000 megawatts by the end of 2023 (phase 2) and 25,000 megawatts in the third phase.
“To put things in perspective, Nigeria’s current power generation capacity is more than 13,000 megawatts, but only an average of 3,400 megawatts reliably reach consumers. In essence, the current amount of power that reaches consumers will more than double by the end of next year.
“In addition, this will create thousands of jobs and will leapfrog the country into the next level of industrial and social development.”
As the country hopes to end its decades of waiting for stable power supply, Nigerians can only hope that this time around, the promise is kept.