Bridging the Electricity Gap in Nigeria

Many Nigerians have come to the conclusion that inadequate electricity supply in the country is one of the factors inhibiting national growth. Moreso is the fact that electricity is vital to most, if not all, modern development sectors and routes.

Successive governments have made efforts to bridge the power gap, especially given the resources available in the country.

One of such interventions was in 2005 when the Federal Government set up the Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited (NDPHC) to fast-track power sector infrastructure development.

The company was handed a mandate to manage the power projects under the National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP) scheme of the three-tiers of government.

It was meant as an emergency intervention scheme to tackle the deficit and expand power sector infrastructure.

The NDPHC was given marching orders to develop 10 power plants with a capacity of 5,067MW, 102 transmission lines and substations projects and over 291 distribution-injection substations and gas infrastructure with over 22,000 completely self protected transformers among other critical projects.

So far, the company has completed about 4,015MW of the designed capacity, representing about 80% of this mandate and has also made remarkable input in transmission, distribution, and gas infrastructure.

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