Power generation in Nigeria shouldn’t be politicized – Joy Ogaji
Joy Ogaji, the Executive Secretary, Association of Power Generation Companies, has ascertained that the generation of power in Nigeria shouldn’t be of a political issue.
Given that the country is made up of six geopolitical zones, Ogaji feels that each zone can make use of its climatic peculiarity to generate power.
She made this known while speaking, exclusively, with Petrol Gas Report at the Association of Energy Correspondents of Nigeria, (NAEC) Annual conference in Lagos.
“We need to sit down and draw the map of Nigeria outside politics because power should not be politicized. One of the reasons we’re not getting it right is because it is being politicized,” Ogaji said.
“When you look at the map of Nigeria, the South South and South East have heavy deposit of gas. We should focus on having power plants around those regions because of their deposits so the gas there could be fully utilized. There are so many power plants there that are not being utilized. Specifically, the NDPHC has a capacity to generate about 4,000MW but do you know that the system is taking just about 500MW? But in the North, there’s no gas plant but they have good Solar potential. Hence, we need to plant a lot of solar power plants in that area because of their potential.”
She reckons that there is need for premium expert advice in relation to better decision making in the areas of power generation. As this will further improve the economic situation of the country.
“We need to have experts advise decision makers. You can’t give what you don’t have. Once experts advise decision makers, then they’ll make the right decision. Look at the AFCTA, Power is the bedrock otherwise other countries will produce, send it to us and we’ll buy but nothing to sell. Most of the manufacturing companies have moved to Ghana. Yes, we’ve signed the agreement but power is the solution,” Ogaji added.
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