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Vigorously pursue the expansion of electricity generation and distribution of up to 40,000 megawatts in four to eight years


  • When made: 2014

  • Where made: Party manifesto

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Five years in under President Buhari, Nigeria’s power generation has continued to range between 3,000 and 5,000 MW, not significantly different from 2015.

The most recent electricity generation data by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission dates back to September 2019. The average daily electricity generation for that month was 3,524MW. It was the lowest recorded in the first nine months of 2019. The highest was 4,228MW in March 2019. 

The peak power generation of 5,093MW for the period between July and September that year occurred on 16 July 2019 and the average generation capacity for the quarter stood at 6,709MW.  

Only 26 of the country’s 28 power plants operated in the third quarter of 2019. And 12 of them accounted for about 79% of total electricity generated in that quarter. 

Power plant projects still stalling

In October 2019, the 700MW Zungeru hydroelectric power power, which is one of a few power projects going on in the country, was said to be at 68% completion level, the deadline now set in December 2021. The Zungeru power project began in 2013 under President Goodluck Jonathan.

As of March 2020, a survey of the project site was yet to start for the proposed 3,050MW Mambilla hydroelectric power project. The contract was signed in November 2017. When it comes online, it will be the country’s biggest power plant

- Africa Check, Last updated May 2020