30 January 2015, Akure – Vice President Namadi Sambo has insisted that Nigeria had the capacity to transmit additional power being generated by the 10 new power plants built across the country.
Addressing a mammoth crowd at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Rally in Akure, Ondo, Sambo frowned at a media report, which claimed Nigeria did not have the capacity to transmit additional power being generated by the new power plants.
He explained that the Federal Government has successfully constructed 3,500 kilometres of transmission lines to ensure effective evacuation of the additional power being generated in the country.
“The power generation in Nigeria was about 2,000mw. Today, we are generating over 4,500mw.
“Yesterday, I was watching the television and somebody, I think, on Channels Television, who called himself an expert, said we did not have the capacity to transmit power from the 10 new power plants we constructed.
“That is a lie, he has no information. We have constructed 3,500km of transmission lines in this country.
“We have constructed over 100 new sub-stations, we have constructed over 295 injection substations.
“Every town in Nigeria has a new substation that will transmit and distribute the additional power being generated in Nigeria.
“Mr. President, we thank you very much. So, let’s get the correct information that the transformation of the power (sector) is being done globally.’’
Sambo said President Jonathan had approved the construction of hydro-electric power projects that would produce more than 4,000megawatts of electricity.
He disclosed that all the power projects across the country were on course, saying that the PDP-led Federal Government would ensure speedy completion of the projects, if re-elected.
He said rail transport, which was abandoned for more than 40 years, was being resuscitated to further boost the nation’s transport system.
The vice president, therefore, urged Ondo residents to vote for Jonathan/Sambo and other PDP candidates.