Residents and companies in Lagos and Abuja are soon to enjoy 16 and 24 hours power supply, according to a proposal by
the Presidential Action Committee on Power.
Also to have 16-hour minimum electricity like Lagos are cities with what the
committee called “stranded generation capacities.” The cities are Kano,
Kaduna, Ibadan, Onitsha and Nnewi. The cities were chose because they
are regional industrial and commercial hubs.
Port Harcourt, Rivers State; Aba, Abia State; Uyo, Akwa Ibom State are
grouped by the committee alongside Abuja for 24-hour uninterrupted power
These are the highlights of a proposal by the PACP Action Plan that will alter the electricity supply system
operated by the Power Holding Company of Nigeria.
Under the system, all generated electricity in the country would be
transmitted to the National Grid and distributed by the National Control
Centre, Osogbo, among the 11 electricity distribution companies.
The system would make it impossible for states that have built their own
independent power plants to get steady supply because the electricity
they generate is put into a pool instead of being used directly by them.
A report on the preliminary presentation of the proposal by the Prof.
Barth Nnaji-led committee obtained by our correspondent in Abuja on
Monday, showed that Abuja is to enjoy 24-hour regular power supply
because of its closeness to the Shiroro hydro plant.
Port Harcourt is also privileged because of the Rivers State-owned
independent power plants in Trans-Amadi and Omoku. Uyo is benefitting
due to Akwa Ibom State-owned Ibom Power Plant and Aba because it hosts
the Geometric IPP.
According to the report, state capitals, urban and semi-urban areas are to enjoy 18-hour electricity
while remote communities negatively impacted by transmission from
Maiduguri, Kastina and Sokoto are to get about 12-hour supply.
The PACP also suggested that rural communities connected to the national
grid should get 12-hour supply of electricity.
Recalling President Goodluck Jonathan’s promise to Nigerians to improve on
electricity supply within a short time, the presidential committee
said it understood the promise to mean fast-tracking improvement and
predictability in the availability of power to Nigerian homes and
businesses within three to six months.
The committee added that it plans to take irreversible steps to promote medium to long
term sustainable growth of the Nigerian power sector within three to 12
The PACP report, which was prepared by the secretariat of the committee, stated that the strategy would be to focus
on all initiatives on customer- service delivery, which are
availability, quality and reliability, with a strong presidential
It added, “We will simultaneously implement short, medium and long term solutions that make electricity availability
predictable in Nigeria and fast-track the implementation of the
Electric Power Sector Reform Act 2005.”
The report also listed the objectives of the Action Plan to include making every
electricity consumer a customer that is responsible and that complies
with tariff and service obligations.
It said, “We will identify all sources of available excess captive generation in the
country and develop a fast- track framework for making such accessible
“We will establish and sustain effective communication with power stakeholders and the Nigerian public across the
entire span of the Action Plan.”
The PACP further claimed that the analysis of Nigerian electricity crisis indicated that “the
problem is more process and management-related than capacity and
The committee listed the management-induced problems to include poor fuel-to-power strategy;
poor and irregular maintenance of power plants and installations;
absence of strategic support agreement losses due to theft; sabotage;
and vegetation interference with lines.
It also catalogued the commercial problems to include “lack of commercial framework for
private sector participation/investment; ineffective and non-responsive
regulation; and price adjudication mechanism, which results in
inadequate tariff regime.
The report noted that there was “poor payment culture among Nigerian electricity consumers, poor revenue
collection and non-responsiveness to consumer needs.”
According to the committee, labour issues believed to be hindering the
performance of the power sector include “legacy” union problems, which
prevent the reforms of the PHCN successor companies; inadequate manning
level, whereby 90 per cent of revenue was spent on manpower costs; and
inadequate capacity development.
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