President Goodluck Jonathan through the ministry of power has ordered all transmission and distribution companies in Nigeria to ensure stable power supply across the country by June 2014.
The minister of power, Chinedu Nebo, made this known on Tuesday while inaugurating the new chairman of the supervisory board of the Transmission Company of Nigeria TCN, Ibrahim Waziri.
Waziri takes over from the company’s erstwhile chairman, Hamman Tukur, who has voluntarily resigned.
Nebo stressed that the problem of inadequate power supply to Nigerians has continued to be a source of worry to the President, adding that the success recorded in the reform of the sector can only be measured by the availability of power to the end users.
“Let me restate that the nexus between availability of power and the socio-economic development of our great nation cannot be over-emphasised. While we celebrate the unprecedented success so far recorded in the reform of the power sector, the yardstick by which consumers measure us is the availability of electricity at the last mile to our homes and businesses,” the minister said.
Nigeria currently has a total of 6,976.40 megawatts (MW) installed generation capacity but often transmits less than 4,000MW.