Minister of Power, Works and Housing Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola over the weekend in Kaduna said, the Federal Government shall upgrade the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) capacity to 20,000MW in the next four years.
Fashola who was represented by the Minister of State, Power, Works and Housing, Alhaji Mustapha Baba Shehuri stated this while commissioning two power transformers in Kaduna and Katsina state said, the current administration was doing a lot to improve electricity generation in the country.
The minister said, the installation and commissioning of the 40MVA Mobile transformer in Zaria, Kaduna substations and 60MVA power transformer in Funtua, Katsina substation was part of the effort made by the present government to ameliorate the challenges encountered in generation and distribution of power supply across the country.
Chairman of Kaduna Electricity Distribution PLC, Alhaji Yusuf Hamisu Abubakar used the opportunity to call for greater collaboration between TCN and the distribution companies for effective delivery of qualitative power supply to the Nigerian public.
He advocated a balance between grid stabilization, the major concern of the TCN and business viability.
“The two actors in the value chain must work together to ensure that the National Grid is stabilized, just as concerted efforts must be made to ensure that the power sector is viable and attractive to both local and foreign investors. This is the only way to ensure to ensure the development of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry”, he asserted.
He therefore congratulated both the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, and the Interim Managing Director of TCN, Usman Gur Mohammed for the incremental progress being recorded in the nation’s power sector, describing the Nigerian Electricity supply Industry as “ the most difficult sector to work in”.
Earlier, the Interim Managing Director of TCN, Usman Gur Mohammed disclosed that “plan has reached advance stage to construct a 330KV grid code line from Kaduna to Zaria to Kano through the Transmission Company of Nigeria grid rehabilitation and expansion programme.