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President: We’ll generate 5,400MW by December

Federal Government has disclosed that Nigerians would start experiencing uninterrupted power supply by December 2012 with plans to generate 5,400 mega watts from the current 4,400 mega watts.

Dr. Doyin Okupe who noted President  Gooodluck Jonathan is already delivering on the promises which he made to Nigerians before the election, said the electoral reform which was part of his promises was gradually becoming a part of the nation against the backdrop that the presidential election of 2011 was adjudged the best globally as well as that of Edo governorship election which was conducted recently under the watch of Jonathan’s administration.

Okupe explained that 5,400 mega watts target will be achieved following the arrangement by the National Integrated Power Project, NIPP, where by December, 1000MW would be added to the current 4,400 currently available in the country, as against the little above 1,900MW before Jonathan took over.

“Some cynics have said this is due to high level of water in the hydro generating plants in Shiroro and Kanji. This isn’t true. I can tell you authoritatively that why it is true that every year there is a marginal increase in power supply, because of the increased contribution in the hydro plants, that cannot account for the 15 hours or so that is being currently enjoyed in many parts of the country.

The reason for this additional increase is coming from the NIPP that are now adding between 600 and 800 megawatts to the national grid. That’s what is responsible for this new improvement and between now and December, we are expecting nearly an additional 1,000 megawatts, because of increase and an arrangement that have been made for purchase and supply of gas to some of these NIPP projects. More areas will enjoy longer hours of electricity supply by December.”

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