The Federal Government has revealed that nearly 2,000 megawatts of electricity is wasted daily as a result of distribution lapses in the country.
The Plateau State capital, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Louis Edozien, who spoke at the 3rd National Council on Power which opened in Jos, said the generation companies and Transmission Company of Nigeria can deliver well over 6,600mw at these trading points but consumers are enjoying less than 4,600mw.”
Edozien explained during his welcome address that deficit in power distribution lines and substations are key challenges facing the sector and explains why distribution companies are unable to distribute the entire 6,600mw of electricity generated and transmitted to consumers.
According to him “today there are about 750 33KV trading points from where electricity available on the national grid is received by the distribution companies for onward delivery to households, businesses, government offices and industries that consume it.”
He urged the participants at the conference themed, ‘Completing Power Sector Reforms’, to brainstorm on critical challenges facing the power sector especially as they relate to optimal use of power generation for consumers.
The council which comprises of major stakeholders in the power sector who meet and formulate sustainable power policies in the transition and post-privatisation era, is designed for a robust deliberation.