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Accurate Census Imperative For Adequate Power Generation, Distribution –ANED
The Executive Director, Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors, (ANED) Sunday Oduntan, has said unless there is credible and accurate population census in Nigeria, adequate power generation and distribution will continue to be a mirage in the country.
Oduntan made this known on Wednesday in Abeokuta, in his remarks at a stakeholders forum organised by the Ogun House of Assembly.
The forum is with the theme, “Estimated billings, Inability to Provide Pre Paid Meters, Non Compliance with National Electricity Regulation Commission (NERC) regulations and Erratic Power Supply in Ogun State by IBEDC and IKEDC”,.
He equally absolved Power Distribution Companies (DISCOS) from being responsible for epileptic power supply in the country.
The Executive Director noted that Nigeria must generate at least,180,000 megawatts of electricity to ensure stable and adequate power supply.
He pointed out that power generation in the country was too low, saying the Federal Government must step up efforts in ensuring more megawatts were generated to satisfy the power needs of Nigerians.
He noted that South Africa with a population figure of 67 million is currently generating 48,000 megawatts against 39,000 megawatts the country needs and decried Nigeria’s failure to generate at least 20,000 megawatts.
Oduntan, who thumbed up President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for increasing power generation to 5,150 megawatts, the highest in the country since 1980, bemoaned corruption in the power sector in Nigeria.
“Nigeria has no credible population census, and you cannot distribute power without accurate census.
“Nigeria needs about 180, 000 megawatts for there to be adequate power supply. 5,150 megawatts was the maximum we generated since 1980. Let us be sincere with ourselves, to generate power is expensive, “he said.
On meter distribution to consumers, Oduntan, disclosed that 4.1 million meter gap had been identified, adding that N295billion would be needed by DISCOS to provide both three-phase prepaid and postpaid meters at the rate of N73,000 per unit.
In her submission, Mrs Motunrayo Elegberun, Executive Secretary, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Ogun Chapter, explained that manufacturers could not succeed without electricity.
“IBEDC should stop the incessant increment in bills giving to people. We want them to assist us.
“Some of us are now using gas , some uses diesel. By the time a manufacturer produces at high cost, it will surely sell at high cost which is not too good for our economy, ” she said.
Earlier in his address, Mr Suraj Adekunbi, the Speaker of the House, explained that the forum was organised by the House to give opportunity to various stakeholders, to air their views on the issue of electricity supply.
Adekunbi noted that the input of all and sundry was needed by the present administration in its effort to ensure that the masses enjoy commensurate service for their financial commitments to power Sector.
The forum was attended by civil society organisations, electricity consumers, representatives and state government representatives.