ABUJA, Nigeria – The Senate Committee Chairman on Power, Senator Gabriel Suswam, has advocated for establishment of mini-grid power station as solution to perennial epileptic power supply in Nigeria.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja at a workshop organised for lawmakers of the upper and lower legislative Chambers, Suswam lamented that the unbundling of power in the past by government hasn’t yielded any positive result in power sector.
He reiterated Senate’s resolve in assisting government to improve power supply in Nigeria.
“The Senate would do all it can to assist the executive arm of government in solving the epileptic nature of power supply in the country.
The lawmaker representing Benue North East and former Governor of Benue State, urged Nigerians with enough funds to invest in mini grid power stations which he says can go a long in reducing the electricity crisis in the country.
He lamented that after several billions of dollars spent in the power sector, a “country as huge and populated as Nigeria still grapples with 3500 megawatts of electricity.”
“Senate will ensure that at least 10,000 megawatts of electricity is added to the national grid by 2022.”
Suswam, who believes constant electricity will cut down the high rate of unemployment in the country, said the capacity building workshop is meant to give the lawmakers basic knowledge of the power sector in order for them to take informed decisions.