Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, disclosed this yesterday while briefing newsmen after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting held at the State House, Abuja.
Mamman said that Nigeria generates as much as 13,000 megawatts of electricity, it can neither transmit nor distribute all.
According to him, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) can only transmit 7,000 megawatts while the distribution companies can only distribute 3,000 megawatts.
“We presented achievements right from the day we took oath of office to date. We want to tell Nigerians what we achieved in the value chains.
Nigeria can generate up to 13,000 megawatts of electricity, but we cannot transmit all. So we presented to the council the solution to the problem of our generation. It is mainly distribution.
“We can transmit, we can generate 13,000 megawatts; we transmit 7,000 megawatts, but can only distribute 3,000.
There is a lot of work to be done in transmission companies and the government is now willing to take up the matter immediately, he said.
He observed that given these shortfalls, there is a lot of work to be done before the dream of having steady power supply could be realised in Nigeria.
Mamman disclosed that government was determined to tackle this challenge of lack of capacity of the power distribution companies.
One of the things I will tell you is that government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the German firm, Siemens. They are to align between distribution, transmission and also generation, so that at the end of the day, if we generate 13,000 megawatts, transmission will take the whole 13,000 and the DisCos will distribute same. That way, everyone will have 24/7 electricity supply and Nigerians will be happy, he said.