Nigerian Lawmakers has revealed a plan on how to resolve the situation of unstable power supply in Nigeria
According to a member of the National Assembly (NASS) Hon. Magaji Aliyu, the legislative arm of the government is working towards making laws that will aid the development of the main and mini-grids to boost electricity supply in the country. Aliyu also said that the Nigerian Government had shown the resolve to develop electric power in Nigeria, especially in rural areas.
“We in the National Assembly equally resolve to enact relevant laws that will continue to aid the development of the main and mini-grids.“This conference must also endeavour to do justice to the issue of development of an adequate human capacity to achieve this objective.
“Having funds to develop these assets is one thing, having the right technology to build an enduring one is another thing, so also is having the capacity to maintain them.
“We must produce adequately trained personnel in order to make headway, and training and re-training should be a continuous process,’’ he said.
Aliyu, however, said that the NERC had an important role to play in the development of the mini-grid. He said NASS had gathered that certain generators for the main grid were given licenses to construct power plants and they failed to do so.
“The reasons for this must be properly articulated so that it does not happen in the case of the mini-grid.“One major drawback for a failed generator who has been given a license is that it will take several years to withdraw the license and issue the same to a new one.
“For rural dwellers who may not easily be connected to the main grid, that will mean living in perpetual darkness,’’ he noted.