Fashola promises that Buhari regime will meet its promise of generating 10,000MW by 2019

POWER minister Babatunde Fashola has promised that the government will meet its target of generating 10,000MW of electricity by 2019 in line with the pledge provided by President Muhammadu Buhari.


When President Buhari assumed office in 2017, he said he believes that 10,000MW will be an appropriate amount of power required to meet the nation's energy needs. On May 29, 2015, Mr Fashola, the minister of power, works and housing, pointed out that the amount of power available on the national grid was 2,690 megawatts while on May 29, 2017, the amount was 4,014 megawatts.


He added that in February 2016 power grew to 5,074 megawatts. However, this remains far short of the required amount of electricity needed and the government is under pressure to live up to its promises.


Mr Fashola said: “Sometimes when we sustain energy over 4,000 or 5,000 the feedback I get suggests to me that if we added a little more, we might as well be getting a little closer but we must continue to work harder. However, we have had 16 consecutive attacks on pipelines since we grew to 5,074 megawatts.”


Government ministers have long attributed the drop in power supply to attacks on pipeline vandalism. With militants across the Niger Delta blowing up pipelines, getting gas to gas-powered stations has been difficult.