The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola while speaking as a key guest speaker at a recent function in Abuja, said with regard to measures aimed at breaking up the country’s large dependence on power generation from gas-fired plants, that the government had started working on several hydro power plants, adding that in future, it would be impossible to hold Nigeria to ransom as a result of the vandalism of gas pipelines,
He said, “We have seen from events that started around February 14 this year, repeated acts of vandalism of our gas pipelines that render us clearly vulnerable to one source of fuel for our energy development. That has challenged us to develop options and alternatives like solar in particular, and of course, hydro power plants in more quantitative response. So, we will be accelerating work on projects like Gurara Hydro Power Plant – phases 1 and 2, work has started on Zungeru Hydro Power Plant”.
“We will also be accelerating work on Mambila Power Plant, which will give us the biggest single electrification source over a period of seven years that it is estimated to have it concluded. So, for us, this is a journey of diversification, a journey of electricity security for Nigeria and it is a journey that will ensure that in future it will be impossible to hold this country to ransom by controlling any particular source of fuel for electricity.”