The Federal Government has revealed that all hands are on deck to fulfill the mission of generating 20,000 megawatts of electricity over the next four years.
Stating this recently in Funtua,Kaduna while inaugurating 132/33 KV transformer, the Minister of State for Power, Alhaji Mustapha Shehuri said the government was replacing faulty transformers nationwide and installing new ones in order to ensure steady power supply to Nigerians, assuring that that the new 132/33 KV transformer would boost power supply to local governments in Katsina South by 200 percent.
Speaking on the issue of rehabilitation of power systems, Shehuri gave the assurance that ongoing transmission rehabilitation and expansion programme would make considerable impact in power transmission nationwide as it would go a long way in facilitating the full utilisation of the more than 7000MW of power currently available.
He added that Government is determined to provide safe, reliable and sustainable power supply to the citizenry, noting that to ensure strict maintenance of the equipment, the company’s Regional Managers had been mandated to supervise the installations so as to curb the menace of vandalism that has a been a key bane in the realization of stable power supply.
The Minister also inaugurated a 40MVA 132/33KV mobile power transformer in Zaria, Kaduna State.
Commenting on the efforts of TCN, its Managing Director, Mr. Usman Mohammed said that plans are underway for the installation of power transformers scattered across the country, saying that they would make use of local engineers and their in-house staff. He emphasized that, for the first of its kind in 20 years has successfully achieved frequent control.
As part of the plans to boost power supply in Kaduna, He disclosed the plans of TCN to establish three additional sub-stations in Kaduna at Keke, Rigasa and Kakau.
It should be noted that the 60MVA 132/33 KV power transformer project in Funtua was fully funded by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).