Nigeria Requires 200,000 MW To Meet Electricity Needs Of 200million Citizens -ANED


The Federal Government has been advised to give the management of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to those that can properly manage it.

Its failure to do this would mean the country would continue to experience power supply disruptions.

The Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors, ANED, the umbrella body of Electricity Distribution Companies, DisCos gave this advise just as stated that the country would require 200,000mega watts of electricity if it is to meet the need of its 200million citizens. Going by international standards, 1,000 megawatts is needed to serve One million people.

It however stated that currently, the country would need at least 30 000 megawatts to meet the requirement of the 32 million households.

The association also blamed the TCN for not having Scada since all these years of its operations, stating that it is hard for it to discover faults seamlessly from its office unless someone to goes to report physically to it.

Sunday Oduntan, the Executive Director, Research and Advocacy of ANED, in his presentation at a one-day workshop on, “Building Consumer Awareness And Strengthening The Customer Service Capacity Of Electricity Distribution Companies” in Lagos on Tuesday said since 1960 the country has not generated up to 6,000 Megawatts of electricity thus creating a huge gap in service delivery in the system.

According to him, there are 28 power generation companies in Nigeria which comprise 3 hydro powered stations and 25 thermal stations currently operating below capacity and collectively generating an average of about 4,000 megawatts.

He also called for privatisation of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, which it said has contributed to the poor performance of the sector.

The ANED chief said that the DisCos are not able to pay for electricity purchased from the Generation Companies, GenCos, due to what he described as energy dumping and in most cases inadequate supply to meet customer requirements.


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