The Federal Government has attributed the poor performance of the power sector to inadequate gas supply power plants.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, Mr. Temitope Fashedemi made this known on Tuesday.
Fashede disclosed this on the first day of the 5th National Council on Power, saying the challenges have created illiquidity in the electricity market in the country.
He added that there were still major challenges in the sector despite the strides recorded.
He said, “This year’s theme ‘Sustaining and Improving Electricity Supply through the Power Sector Value Chain for Socio-Economic Growth’ is apt. This is because despite the giant strides made since the enactment of the Electricity Power Sector Reform Act (EPSR) in 2005 and the Road Map for the Power Sector in 2010, there are still serious concerns affecting the various segments of the NESI. Generation – Inadequate Gas supply affecting Power Plants. Transmission – Right of Way issues preventing building of new infrastructure and vandalization of existing infrastructure.
“Distribution – Inadequate Maintenance, persistence of cost reflective tariff by segment of the population. All these cause liquidity of the NESI and subsequently inadequate power to meet the needs of the people. This forum provides an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas on how to provide sustainable power to our teeming population”, he stated.