Nigeria to invest US $ 200m on electricity distribution

The federal government of Nigeria is set to dole out US $200m to electric distribution companies in the country to boost power supply and increase consumers confidence.

The project,which is  being executed by Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN and generation companies will  lead to a significant improvement in the quality of power supply to the people with the help of distribution companies investing into rehabilitation and expansion of the network.

Mr Suleiman Hassan Zarma,the Minister of state, Power, works and Housing, urged electric distribution Companies to improve their network so that the massive investment can lead to economic growth and development of the country.

According to the minister, the upgrading and commissioning of the new substation will be a remarkable improvement in power generation along the Jos Distribution Company network.

Strengthen grid infrastructure

Mr. Zarma said that the investment would strengthen grid infrastructure for enhanced wheeling capacity that offers redundancy, consistent with the requirements of N-1 reliability criterion.

He also disclosed that,  government has resolved the lingering issues slowing the completion of the Dadin-kowa Hydroelectric power station in Gombe state, revealing that the ongoing construction work on the transmission line will soon be completed.

The managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, Usman Gur Mohammed represented by the Head of Transmission Service Provider, Victor Adewumi, said that the project will strengthen the grid stability in meeting with load demand that is being suppressed and also boost power supply with additional 30MVA (24MW) capacity.