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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

Nigeria’s power generation has in recent years remained approximately 4,000 MW, not significantly different from 2015.

The most recent electricity generation data by the National Bureau of Statistics covered the third quarter (July to September) of 2018. The daily electricity generation in that quarter ranged from about 2,390 MW to 3,758 MW, with 3,288 MW as the average.

According to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, a peak power generation of 5,126 MW occurred on 19 September 2018 and generation capacity stood at 7,975 MW that month.    

There are a number of power projects going on across the country, including the Zungeru hydroelectric power project (700 MW), which is expected to be completed in December 2019. The contract for the 3,050MW Mambilla hydroelectric power project was signed in November 2017, while there are a number of solar power projects targeting hundreds of megawatts.

Ramp up output six times

Azura power plant came on board in April 2018, adding 459 MW to the national grid while Geometric power project (1,140 MW) has been completed but is not yet operational.

The current administration has expanded the country’s transmission network to 197 substations, up from 159 in 2015. And according to the Transmission Company of Nigeria actual transmission capacity stood at  8,100 MW at the end of December 2018.

The administration’s work is cut out for it to deliver five times more than its current generation. - Africa Check, February 2019