Power Sector Other Related News Stories For Tuesday November 28th 2023
Power Sector Must Work This Time, Says Minister
The Minister for Power, Adebayo Adelabu, on Monday, declared that it is useless to continue generating electricity without supplying it to end.
He said the nation’s power sector must work this time because the government is not joking.
He pointed out that the practice of increasing power generation without getting it to consumers was not his focus, stressing that the target of his ministry was to get all available electricity to customers.
Adelabu disclosed this at the third edition of the roundtable for the legislature, judiciary and stakeholders on the enforcement of technical standards and regulations in the Nigerian electricity supply industry and allied industries, organised in Abuja by the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency.
Nigeria Plans Bottom-Up, Off-Grid Strategy To Revamp Power Sector, Says Minister
The Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, on Monday said the federal government plans to adopt a bottom-up approach to ensure Nigeria has adequate supply of power in the not-so-distant future, as opposed to the top-to-bottom strategy adopted by his predecessors.
The minister spoke in Abuja at a roundtable for the legislature, judiciary and other stakeholders in the power industry on emerging issues, especially on the re-enactment of the Electricity Act, 2023.
It was themed, “Engagement on the Enforcement of Technical Standards and Regulations in the Multi-tier Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI)” and was organised by the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA).
There’s Political Will to Resolve Power Sector Challenges, Minister Assures
THE Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu yesterday assured stakeholders that the President Bola Tinubu administration has the political will and determination to resolve power supply challenges facing the country.
With 90 million Nigerians said to be without access to electricity supply, Chief Adelabu said the government would explore all avenues to improve electricity supply including the use of solar, wind and small hydros to provide off-grid supplies.
FG To Develop Integrated National Electricity Policy
The federal government is to develop an Integrated National Electricity Policy, and Strategic Implementation Plan, as mandated by the Electricity Act 2023.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that on June 9, President Bola Tinubu assented to the Electricity Bill, now an Act empowering states, companies and individuals to generate, transmit and distribute electricity.
This in turn repealed the Electric Power Sector Reform Act (EPSRA), 2005 and created a comprehensive legal and institutional framework to guide the NESI.
FG Subjects Power Engineers to New Standards, Decries Rising Quackery
The Federal Government, yesterday, in Abuja raised concerns over rising quackery in the electricity sector, stressing that power engineers would now be subjected to new regulations.
Recall that the Federal Fire Service had identified electrical sparks as the major cause of fire incidents across the country, as the agency revealed that as of 2021, 636 fire incidents recorded in the country were caused by electrical discharge, while electrical equipment was responsible for 447 cases.
Niger Turns to a Mega Solar Power Plant After Nigeria Cut Off its Electricity Supply
Following the July coup in Niger that deposed previous President Mohamed Bazoum, a fellow West African country, Nigeria chose to respond by suspending energy exports to the country.
This posed a significant issue in Niger’s power sector, considering that Nigeria supplied 70% of Niger’s electricity prior to the coup.
According to a report recently put out by the British news network, BBC, Niger has since then experienced cascading power outages.
However, Niger’s response was to focus on the solar project it had initiated a few years back.
The BBC’s report states, “The plant, built by a French consortium, was initiated in 2018 and inaugurated on 5 July this year. French relations with the Nigerien junta have soured since the coup. The plant has over 55,000 solar panels and can generate 30 megawatts of electricity.”