The Centre for Media Education and Networking (CMEN) has commended the Minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman, for focusing on President Muhammadu Buhari’s mandate of improving power supply.
In a statement by its Media Director, Funke Adeyosoye, the group said under the watch of the minister, “Nigeria’s power generation has rapidly improved to 13,000 megawatts (MW), from 8,000MW, while transmission has reached 5,500MW, and distribution moved up to 4,500MW.
“For the first time in history and barely a year after the appointment of the Minister, the country achieved a peak point of distribution in the annals of the country, in fulfilment of the electoral promises of Mr. President to Nigerians.”
However, Daily Trust reports that records from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) showed that the Generation Companies (GenCos) have 7,600MW capacity, TCN can transmit 8,100MW and Distribution Companies (DisCos) have about 5,500MW capacity. The highest peak power generation of 5,520.5MW was recorded just on October 30, 2020.
CMEN urged Nigerians to cooperate with the minister as he strives to improve electricity supply. It also condemned what it called recent attacks on the minister, describing that as “politically motivated.”
“We know that those behind the attacks are angling for political relevance but we want to plead with them not to distract this man who is committed to changing the nation’s power supply narrative. He should be allowed to discharge his responsibility so that Nigerians can have a better experience with electricity supply,” it noted.