Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has said Nigeria’s power transmission capacity grew by 1,900 megawatts in 2017.

The minister, who spoke at the 23rd monthly power sector operators’ meeting held in Nasarawa State, stated that capacity grew from 5,000mw to 6,900mw.

According to Fashola, power generation also increased from 3,000mw in 2015 to 7,000mw in 2017.

He said: “Generated power has gone up to 7,000mw in 2017 from 3,000mw in May 2015; transmission capacity at 6,900mw in 2017 from about 5,000mw in May 2015; and peak distribution now averaging 5,000mw in 2017 from 2,690mw in 2015″.

Fashola also said: “In the last three months, we have increased the supply of power in the dry weather and people’s experience with power was better.

“We must thank the Ministry of Petroleum Resources for the increase in gas supply”.

Last year, the Interim Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, Mr Usman Gur Mohammed, had said the firm targets 20,000 megawatts transmission capacity in the next three years.

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