About Nigeria highlights Goodluck Jonathanís achievements in Nigeriaís Power Sector
About Nigeria has recently highlighted Goodluck Jonathanís achievements in Nigeriaís Power Sector, some of which have been featured in various national and international media.
In September 2013, Jonathan successfully handed over ownership of PHCN, where ownership was bought by private buyers, completing one of the final stages of a privatisation process meant to put an end to years of power shortages across Nigeria.
By March 2014, the final stage of completion of the Power Sector privatisation programme was underway for 10 National Integrated Power Projects (NIPPs). The 10 NIPPs mentioned are the 434mw Geregu II, 630mw Calabar, 378mw Egbema, 504mw Ihorvbor, 252mw Gbarain, 504mw Ogorode, 252mw Omoku, 1,076mw Alaoji, 750mw Olorunsogo and 500mw Omotosho plant.
The aforementioned Power Projects will add a combined 5,454mw of electricity to power generation capacity, as well as offer employment for thousands of Nigerians. It was mentioned that this transformation will be similar to when Nigerian communications moved from NITEL to MTN.
At the end of 2014, the World Bank volunteered $1.7 billion of support for the transformation of Nigeriaís Power Sector due to the privatisation process being hailed internationally for its transparency.
Finally, About Nigeria mentions that with the advancement of domestic electricity in Nigeria, just two projects are left to be completed before Nigerians will receive electricity in their homes. The first being the upgrading of the old electricity transmission lines, in order to prevent power overloads and blackouts. The second being the completion of gas pipelines that carry gas to the new power plants. Both of these projects are at an advanced phase and will be completed soon.
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