Oscarline Onwuemenyi 03 January 2015, Sweetcrude, Abuja – The Federal Government has disclosed that it had completed the construction of 395 substation to boost power distribution across the country.
Vice President, Nnamadi Sambo, who disclosed this at a campaign in Ondo State, noted that power generation had increased to about 4,500 megawatts (MW) as against the 2.000MW being reported in the media.
Sambo, who by default heads the National Council on Privatization and thus oversees the power sector reforms, added that 100 of the installations are new sub-stations, while over 295 injection substations were also completed.
Stating that government has also successfully constructed 3,500 kilometres of transmission lines, Sambo said that this is to ensure effective evacuation of the additional power being generated by the 10 new power plants built across the country.
The Vice President frowned at a media report, which claimed that 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,” he said. “Yesterday, I was watching the television and somebody, I think, 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 sub-stations. “Every town in Nigeria has a new sub-station that will transmit and distribute the additional power being generated.”
Sambo added that President Goodluck Jonathan had approved the construction of hydroelectric power projects that would produce more than 4,000megawatts of electricity. “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,” he said.