FG Mulls Complete Overhaul Of Power Sector


By Sunday Etuka, Abuja

Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu has stated that the Federal Government was considering total overhaul of the power sector to guarantee stable power supply across the country.

Chief Adelabu stated this during a press conference to explain the new tariff regime for Band A customer at the weekend.

He, also disclosed that the administration of President Bola Tinubu has taken the bold step to start the journey of overhauling the sector

He, therefore , appealed to the general public to be open-minded to the government’s activities and policies while assuring the public that the President has a track record of success and will do well during this administration.

Adelabu emphasized that with the removal of subsidies on petrol, the floating of the Naira, and the inflation rate in the country, the government does not want to aggravate the suffering of Nigerians.

He pleaded for patience and understanding in addressing the root cause of the problems of the Power Sector to provide consumers with the desired service.

The Minister pointed out that Nigeria is in a subsidy regime where the government covers 67 percent of the cost of power production, transmission, and distribution, which consumes more than 10 percent of the National budget. “This is a burden on the country’s meagre revenue”.

Special Adviser, Strategic Communication and Media Relations to the Minister of Power, Bolaji Tunji in a statement on Sunday said, the Minister emphasized the need for consumer protection and that value for money is critical for consumers, adding that the Ministry is determined to keep its promise to Nigerians on issue of electricity.

Speaking on the recent tariff increase, the Minister said the increase is only for consumers in the Band A category, which is only 15 percent of consumers, while other customers will continue to enjoy the government subsidy.

According to the Minister, the ministry intends to provide a cost-reflective tariff and gradually migrate other consumers to the band A grade over three years. These consumers will enjoy 20 to 24 hours of electricity per day, and that, realistically, it is cheaper at N225 per kilowatt than diesel and generating sets.

Chief Adelabu said the sector currently needs to be more attractive to investors. “There is an infrastructure deficit, which includes the availability of gas and the generation, transmission, and distribution of power. These must be addressed for the sector to grow and benefit Nigerians”.

He also mentioned that the current metering gap needs to be bridged and that all the issues stated can only be addressed by the generation of funds.

The Minister said the sector had been decentralized and that consumer protection was vital. “Twenty hours must be achieved as promised, and anything else would attract consequences for the distribution company”, he said.

Adelabu also advised Nigerians to learn energy consumption management while getting value for money spent. “At the same time, the Ministry, on its part, is ramping up generation, such as the renewable energy and the Zungeru projects.

The Ministry is also working hard to find creative ways to cut vandalism while installing new lines and injection lines and investing in advocacy to educate consumers”, he said.

Earlier, Minister of Information and National Orientation, Alhaji Mohammed Idris, had emphasized the current administration’s commitment to bridging the communication gap between the government and the Nigerian people.

He said that the Ministerial Press Briefing is conducted regularly to ensure President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s goal of an accessible and timely flow of information is achieved.

He assured the media that the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation will continue to provide credible and timely information on government policies.

The Minister also noted the need for the Ministry of Power to brief Nigerians on the recent review of the tariff regime in the power sector due to the citizens’ concerns.

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