‘Nigeria needs 180,000MW to enjoy stable power supply’
The Executive Director, Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors, Mr Sunday Oduntan, says for Nigeria must generate at least 180,000 megawatts of electricity to have adequate and stable power supply.
He said this on Wednesday in Abeokuta at the stakeholders’ forum organised by Ogun State House of Assembly on the activities of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company and Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company.
Oduntan said the Discos were not responsible for the erratic power supply in the country.
He pointed out that power generation in the country was too low, adding that the Federal Government must take steps in ensure the generation of more electricity to meet the needs of Nigerians.
He said, “Nigeria has no credible population census, and you cannot distribute power without accurate census. Nigeria needs about 180, 000 megawatts for there to be adequate power supply.
“South Africa, with 67 million people, generates 48,000 megawatts and they are now even working to increase the generation to 79,000MW. 5,150 megawatts was the maximum we generated since 1980.
Let us be sincere with ourselves; to generate power is expensive. To do 1,000 megawatts, you will need about $1.2bn.”
While talking about meter distribution to consumers, Oduntan disclosed that 4.1 million meter gap had been identified.
He said N295bn would be needed by the Discos to provide both three-phase prepaid and postpaid meters at the rate of N73,000 per unit.
Earlier in his address, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Suraj Adekunbi, said the forum was organised by the House to give an opportunity for various stakeholders to air their views on the issue of electricity supply in Ogun State.