Nigerians To Enjoy 24-Hour Power In 2013, Says Jonathan

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President
Goodluck Jonathan said yesterday that that quite a number of cities in Nigeria
will begin to enjoy uninterrupted power supply by June 2013.
Speaking during an interactive session
with members of the Nigerian community in Islamabad, Pakistan, he said
uninterrupted power supply would be achieved when the ongoing power projects
are completed.

Jonathan said: “We have (power)
projects that are going on, so before the end of the second quarter, that is
almost middle of next year, most of these projects would have been
commissioned, and we will be evacuating, and that time quite a number of cities
will begin to have 24 hours of light. When we get to that point, you will see
that small-scale enterprises will begin to make returns and that is the way we
can create jobs.”

He said power generation was no longer
responsible for the problems being faced in the country in the area of
electricity supply, stressing that the major challenge was the transmission of
the generated power.
He said power plants in the country
currently have about 1,000 megawatts of electricity that could not be evacuated
because of problems related to transmission.
“We have intervened robustly in the
power sector, and if you call back home they will tell you the power is
improving, and we have promised that we will stabilise power.
“Presently, we are generating more
than what our transmission capability can evacuate.
“We have over 1000MW of power that we
cannot evacuate because of the transmission infrastructure that have been weak
over the years and it’s very recently that government started the
intervention,” he said.
The President said the present
administration has done a lot in improving all the sectors of the nation’s
economy.

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