Nigerian Government Seeks Removal Of Barriers To Power Grid
Cyril Okonkwo, Abuja
On Mar 25, 2022
The Nigerian government has called on states to remove right of way barriers in order to fast-track the expansion and strengthening of the national power grid.
The federal government said this way some of the recent disruptions in electric power supply in the country could be avoided.
This was one of the issues deliberated upon by the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday.
The Council was briefed on the current state of power generation in the country by the Minister of Power, Engr. Abubakar Aliyu.
The Council was also provided with an update on COVID-19 vaccination across the country.
The Minister of Power stressed the need for urgent attention on the issue of State Government’s approval on the Right of Way (ROW), which he disclosed has hampered billions of Naira worth transmission projects that are meant to strengthen and expand the grid for better supply of electricity in the country.
He stated that most of these projects were delayed because of gaps in the implementation of the Right of Way resolutions that state governments are responsible for.
He said there are currently 32 projects across states stalled or that have been unable to begin post-approval.
Aliyu said the projects account for an investment of $137 million that the Nigerian public is unable to realise value from due to these intractable issues.
Also at the meeting, the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib, updated the Council on COVID–19 vaccinations across the country.
He mentioned that 11,309,080 Nigerians were now fully vaccinated, with five States – Nasarawa, Jigawa, Ogun, Kwara and the FCT – topping the list.
He said the target was to achieve 50% vaccination by March 24, 2022, adding that some States have reached this target.
While 58 million doses of the vaccination are now being administered, Dr. Shuaib noted that 48 million doses are expected before the end of the year.
He stated that a website showing a State-by-State guide of how to locate a vaccination center and get vaccinated will be launched soon.