Ex-minister Barth Nnaji proffers solution to Nigeria’s power challenges

A former Minister of Power, Prof Barth Nnaji, on Monday, gave suggestions that could help address Nigeria’s current power challenges.

Nnaji, now a Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Enugu State, made this known during a live interview on AriseTV.

Nigeria has been plagued with teething power issues often times leading to the collapse of the national grid, with the attendant impact on the economy.

In order to effectively eliminate this issue, Nnaji advocated the establishment of clustered power grids scattered across the various regions, in addition to the national power grid, for supply reliability.

“As a nation, we should be talking about 4,000mw in a country of 200 million people. We cannot have just national control of power; we can have national power grid in addition to regional grids and nothing in the Constitution stops this. The regions don’t necessarily mean the geopolitical region; they can be in the form of clustered, smaller grids.

“Most states don’t have the capital to generate on their own but if there are regional grids, states will work with private sector to ensure reliable electricity resulting in a semi-autonomous utility. Doing this will result in embedded generation, which delivers more than enough power,” he said.

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