The Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has given the assurance that government will continue with existing power projects inherited from the previous administration.
Mr Fashola made the promise after visiting some power projects in Abuja, as part of his nationwide inspection tour of existing projects under his ministry. He said that the ministry would also be embarking on new policies and projects that will improve electricity power supplies.
The Minister had visited the 1.2 megawatts solar power plant in Durumi, a suburb of Abuja aimed at lighting up the village. It is one of federal government’s electricity power projects for rural communities that is currently not working as officials say the project is not self-sustaining He also visited the transmission sub-station along the airport road which the contractor said would be completed so on.
The Minister also noted that tariff remains a major challenge that the government is also willing to address to open up the sector for investors who would want to add value to the sector. He said that if the reviewed tariff regime is allowed to stay, it will encourage more investors.
Poor electricity supply is a major problem that successive governments in Nigeria have not been able to address but Mr Fashola insists that the problem is surmountable.