The Kano Electricity Distribution Company KEDCO has decried the inefficiency of government in tackling the challenges of power sector, citing a case of endless running of 3,000 megawatt Mambilla power project in Taraba State for almost 30 years without completion.
KEDCO Chief Technical Officer, Engr. David Omoloye made this known today at his inaugural and investiture ceremony as the new Chairman Kano State chapter of the Nigerian institute of power engineering with the theme: socio-economy benefits of timely completion of power projects in Nigeria.
Engr. Omoloye lamented that due to nonchalant attitude, corruption and selfish interest, government is not good at running business as evident in the lingering Mambilla project and other viable power projects across the country.
He said that Nigeria is supposed to have installed capacity of 104,800,000KW and per capita of 0.55, but currently battling 10MW installed capacity with less than 5,000MW epileptic distribution across the country. Insert…
To remedy the situation, the Chief Technical Officer however opined that “the solution lies in total privatisation of the power industry from generation, transmission to distribution to enable capital inflow couple with right tariff structure that protect the poor and encourage industrial development.
He added that a right energy mix is also required to optimise all available resources in Nigeria with emphasis on renewable energy development balanced with non-renewable energy.
According to him, the ever increasing hap between power demand and supply has been a great challenge to Nigeria development.
” With increasing population of Nigeria not balanced with power demand, the urgent need to close the gap cannot be over emphasised. Since lower development is highly capital intensive, the investment required to raise the bar of the industry to comfort zone cannot be singlehandedly supplied by governmen”
On his part, the Guest Speaker at the occasion, Engr. Dr S.I Birnin Kudu identified untimely release of funds, labour dispute, vandalization and host community compensation related dispute among others factors contributing to the delayed power projects, therefore urging relevant stakeholders’ collective effort to address the situation.
SOURCE: THE NATION