By Cyril Mbah, Abuja
The federal government’s commitment to ensure incremental, stable and uninterrupted power supply has received a boost as the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, commissioned the 60MVAR 132KV Capacitor Bank at Apo Transmission substation, Abuja, to improve voltage, stabilize and increase access to electricity supply in the country.
While commissioning the project, Fashola said the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), has become one of the biggest partner in the development of the power sector in the country. He disclosed that the project was carried out by JICA through mutual cooperation between the Nigerian and the Japanese Government to improve electricity supply in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja and its environs.
Fashola said the completed power capacitor banks at Apo and Keffi Transmission Substations are worth 1.317billion Japanese yen.
The minister emphasised that the power sector more than any other sector has the highest investments in the country. He further stated that at the recent 26th Power Sector Operators’ meeting held at Umuahia, Abia state, stakeholders expressed commitment to improve electricity services through improved transmission and distribution projects to increase access to quality and clean electricity in the country.
The Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador SadanobuKusaoke, in his remarks, reiterated the high level of priority the government of Japan places on its support to Nigeria’s power sector especially in expanding the electrification of rural areas, the introduction of clean energy through solar electricity generation systems and training of experts.
He said the power capacitor banks would decrease transmission loss and stabilise power supply and provide stable power supply to about 7000 households making Abuja and its environs more attractive for investment and contribute to economic development.
Ambassador SadanobuKusaoke said:“Our support to Nigeria’s power sector will not end with this project. The government of Japan, in partnership with the federal government of Nigeria, will soon sign the exchange of note for the Project Emergency Rehabilitation and Reinforcement of Lagos Transmission Substation.
“It is hoped that the Lagos project will also help to improve electricity supply in that state, thereby attracting more investment to Nigeria’s commercial capital and making life more comfortable for residents.”