Uninterrupted power supply possible before 2015 – President Jonathan

17 August 2011, Sweetcrude, Abuja – Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has reassured of improved power supply in the country, saying his administration remains committed to the attainment of uninterrupted power supply in the country before the end of its tenure in 2015.

The President spoke during an audience with members of the Board of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company led by Vice-President Namadi Sambo.

According to a statement from the office of the media aide to the president, the Federal Government is mindful of the importance of steady power supply for national development and will do everything possible to ensure that its plans and projects to guarantee stable power supply are successfully implemented.

“We all know the importance of power. We look forward to a time when Nigerians can enjoy uninterrupted power supply from the beginning to the end of a year and we are working hard to ensure that that objective is attained within the life-span of this administration,” President Jonathan said.

The President also urged members of the board and management of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company to ensure that the company, which was established to oversee the implementation of National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP), funded by the three tiers of government in the country, contributes very effectively to meeting the country’s power supply needs.

Vice-President Sambo, who also chairs the board of the company, assured President Jonathan that it will deliver all the medium-sized gas-fired NIPP power generating stations, as well as associated transmission projects on schedule to ensure that the Jonathan administration’s promise of steady power supply is fulfilled.

“We will work relentlessly to fulfill our mandate on time,” he said. He thanked him for receiving members of the board.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, governors of Benue, Delta and Ekiti States, as well as the ministers of Power, Petroleum, and Justice were at the meeting.

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