31 March 2020
It has been suggested that Nigeria requires approximately 50,000 MW to achieve uninterrupted power supply. However, it is a well-known fact we are nowhere close to this target. Recent estimate place installed generating capacity to be in the region of 11,000 – 17,000 MW while actual distributed power from this is said less than 4,000 MW on average.
Surprisingly, in spite of the country’s visible shortage of power supply, the Senate recently considered the Generating Sets (Prohibition/Ban) Bill 2020 (“GSB”) which seeks to prohibit the importation, sale and usage of generating sets in the country, except for essential services requiring 24 hours power supply or on a grant of an approval for exclusion by the Minister of Power.