Nigeria needs 180,000MW to enjoy stable power supply-DisCo Association
The Executive Director, Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors, Mr Sunday Oduntan, has said that Nigeria has a long way to go to start enjoying stable power supply. For him Nigeria must generate at least 180,000 megawatts of electricity to have adequate and stable power supply. He said this on Wednesday in Abeokuta at the stakeholders’ forum organised by Ogun State House of Assembly on the activities of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company and Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company.
He pointed out that power generation in the country was inadequate, adding that the Federal Government must take steps in ensure the generation of more electricity to meet the needs of Nigerians. According to him, Nigeria needs about 180, 000 megawatts for there to be adequate power supply.
“South Africa, with 67 million people, generates 48,000 megawatts and they are now even working to increase the generation to 79,000MW. 5,150 megawatts was the maximum we generated since 1980.”
While talking about meter distribution to consumers, Oduntan disclosed that 4.1 million meter gap had been identified and that N295bn would be needed by the DisCos to provide both three-phase prepaid and postpaid meters at the rate of N73,000 per unit.
Earlier in his address, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Suraj Adekunbi, said the forum was organised by the House to give an opportunity for various stakeholders to air their views on the issue of electricity supply in Ogun State.