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PDP,APC unfold plans for power sector

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressive Congress (APC), today unfolded their agenda  to ensure a 12-hour electricity supply if voted into power on March 28 presidential election.
They made the commitments at a Nigeria Political Parties Discussion Series (NPPDS) debate on plans to improve the energy sector ahead of the 2015 general elections titled: “Improving Power Supply in Nigeria: What is your party’s master plan?” organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) in Abuja.
The PDP was represented by the Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Dr Sam Amadi, and a chieftain of the party, Dr Okey Ikechukwu; while the APC was represented by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
 Dr Ikechukwu said Nigerians should hold the PDP accountable in the next ten weeks should the party failed to give a 12-hour electricity supply to the country.  
He also said by NERC’s projection, the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) would ensure that Nigerians get at least 10 to 12 hours supply within the next two and half months.
“Without speculating because to make that projection there must be parts available to you; their tax, which wasn’t there before, the better funding; American bank is providing 1.5 billion, all these are investments. Now giving all the facts available as we speak, it is projected that the NIPP is coming on that between 10 and 12 hours will be possible within the next two and half months by NERC projection.
“Now, it also projected that towards the end of the year, by the time the ten other NIPPs which were abandoned and reactivated under Jonathan, we should be beyond that. So speaking in specifics, it is expected that within the next ten weeks projected, giving the variables from performance above, that it should be possible to give 12 hours,” he said.
Corroborating the statement, the NERC chairman, Dr Amadi, noted that the present framework now allows for investment “because we are now transiting from an inefficient government-owned transmission to a project-based private sector managed where the generators and the distributors are owners of the system operations and therefore they own themselves to fund it and to make it efficient.”
He stressed that to ensure adequate transmission, the present government set up a private operator to run the system, pointing out that a committee is already working to produce a blueprint to create an Independent System Operator (ISO) to ensure efficient generation and transmission. Amadi , however, put the present transmission capacity of the national grid as 5, 500 megawatt.
On when the APC can guarantee Nigerians of stable electricity supply for at least 12 hours after its election, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Mohammed, said from all the party’s survey, “we can guarantee regular, steady, reliable and affordable supply to all Nigerians between 12 to 18 months of our coming to power.”
The party’s spokesman also said that within six months of its rule, Nigerians will see a noticeable and measurable improvement in power supply.
Mohammed, who described the three components to power as the generation, transmission and distribution, said his party, when elected into power on 28 of March, will invest in high-tech surveillance of the transmission network so as to eliminate the activities of the vandals.
He said APC will complete key grid stability and commence new ones.
“If we are able to achieve those two, you will be able to achieve the high percentage of transmission of what is generated. Again, this goes to the role of government. Even when you privatise this sector, the government cannot abandon its role as facilitator and a body that will create an enabling environment for the smooth operation of the sector. And that role, we are going to take seriously by having a period meeting with stakeholders,” he stated.
He said the APC government will give incentive to those involve in gas gathering and gas production so that availability of regular gas can be ensured.