The Federal Government on Wednesday disclosed that the country power generation has increased to 4,600 Megawatts from about 3,000 Megawatts.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Power, Godknows Igali, briefed State House correspondents after presenting activities of his ministry to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said: “We are doing over 4,600MW of power on the grid and we can do better. But then this is a big improvement from about 3,000MW we had before.
“Other times when we attain 4,000, because of pipeline disruptions we go down to about 2000MW. We’ve consistently in the past two months been having over 4,500MW and we are getting close to 4,700MW.”
But he insisted that distribution of power remains a great challenge in the country.
Igali added: “Distribution remains a challenge because that’s where customers feel it most. A lot of the Distribution companies, we’re working with them very closely, tracking them, to make sure that what is needed at the distribution level is done.
“They must improve on their network, they must improve on the availability of transformers and the supply of meters because Nigerians are tired of estimated billing.
“So we’ve been working closely with them, tracking them, and sometimes even fining them.
“These are things that will be discussed. The Senate discussed it, NERC chairman met me this morning asking on what measures we can take in order to address the concerns raised by Nigerians. These are genuine concerns because if you don’t have light and then you see the bills all the time, it’s not a very good thing.
“So we’ve discussed with chairman of NERC and these matters are being addressed and very soon NERC will be reacting to what the Senate has said.”