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Minister of Power declares support for Tinubu's Electricity Turnaround Agenda.

Minister of Power declares support for Tinubu's Electricity Turnaround Agenda.

Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu has reassured Nigerians of his Ministry’s commitment to prioritize electricity supply in the country in line with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's electricity turnaround agenda in his New year message.

According to him, the Ministry, agencies and DISCOs worked tirelessly during the yuletide season to enhance power supply while also acknowledging positive improvements.

Adelabu noted that in recognizing the critical role of electricity in economic growth, the initial three months on his assumption of office focused on diagnosis, stakeholder consultation, and strategy formulation.

He maintained that With a well-documented implementation plan, the time is now to take decisive action.

According to him, the primary focus is enhancing distribution and transmission infrastructure to minimize technical and commercial losses adding that, lack of liquidity continues to be a significant challenge in the electricity market.

He said the ministry is currently reviewing the implementation process of a cost reflective tariff, while Government will continue to subsidize power supply to those that are vulnerable in our society.

The Minister added that, closing the meter gap is imperative, and ongoing initiatives, including World Bank programs and the Presidential Metering Initiatives, will gain momentum.

Adelabu said further that rural electrification would remain a priority, with plans for solar-powered mini/micro grids and street lights while collaborating closely with DISCOs and State Electricity Boards.

In order to improve the transmission infrastructure, Adelabu said the Ministry has reactivated the Presidential Power Initiative, which will strengthen the national grid, and minimize technical losses.

He revealed further that the Ministry of power will also be implementing the Eastern and Western super grid projects to strengthen the grid and increase electricity supply to demand centers in the country.

On Power theft, the Minister said tackling power theft and vandalism is paramount noting that, this national responsibility requires joint efforts to protect those assets.

He said the Ministry has informed the National Security Adviser of recorded cases, and collective action is essential to eliminate these setback

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