20 February 2012, Sweetcrude, LAGOS – The Minister of Power, Prof. Barth Nnaji, says Nigeria’s current power generation is 4, 400 megawatts, representing more than 40 per cent of the expectation in 2012.
Nnaji disclosed this on Monday at the opening ceremony of a gymnasium built for workers at Egbin Power Station in Lagos, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
He said that the power generation had increased by more than 40 per cent since President Goodluck Jonathan was elected in May, 2011.
“So, this is a tremendous achievement for the president and the government to have improved power supply that way.
“That is why you see people all over the country saying there is availability of power and that they are receiving power now better than before,’’ he said.
Nnaji said Nigerians should not bother about the amount of power generated, stressing that there were many things to show for it.
He said that discussions were going on between government and electricity workers union in respect of their severance packages and salary increase.
It will be recalled that the minister, had on February17, said that the nation could achieve 9,000 megawatts by December.
Nnaji had also said that the country was losing 1,500 megawatts of electricity due to gas shortage.