In an effort to solve Nigeria’s power problems, Ministry of Power, Babatunde Fayose, has moved to diversify the country’s power generation source away from gas.
Speaking at the launch of Building Energy Efficiency Guideline (BEEG) for Nigeria, Fashola said embarking on alternative sources of energy would make it impossible for anybody to hold Nigeria to ransom in future by controlling any particular source of fuel for electricity.
“We have seen from events that started from around the 14th of February this year, repeated acts of vandalism on our gas pipelines and infrastructure that renders us clearly vulnerable to one source of fuel for our energy development,” he said.
“That has challenged us to develop options, alternatives – solar in particular and of course hydropower plants in more quantitative response. So we will be accelerating work on project like Gurara hydropower plant phase one and phase two. Work has started on Zungeru hydropower plant. We will also be accelerating work on Dadin Kowa power plant, as we will on Mambilla power plant which will give us the biggest single electrification source over a period of seven years that it is estimated to take to conclude it.
“To us, this is a journey of diversification, a journey of electricity security for Nigeria, it is a journey that has already started and it is a journey that will ensure that in future, it will be impossible to hold this country to ransom by controlling any particular source of fuel for electricity,” he added.