The then Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu, blamed the constant collapse on poor maintenance and shortage of gas. He, however, said the government had upgraded four power plants as part of efforts to improve the sector.
In 2018, former President Muhammadu Buhari claimed Nigerians depend less on generators in their homes and businesses. However, analysts disagreed with the position as many Nigerians continue to suffer from the ripple effect of poor power supply.
For many Nigerians, Mr Adelabu’s success as the new minister will depend mainly on his ability to meet the expectations of the country’s power supply and also work towards improving the situation.
In 2022 alone, the country’s national grid reportedly collapsed eight times, partly due to vandalism, and many Nigerians expect the power minister to address the concern.
Nigeria has been struggling with power distribution, limited distribution networks, limited transmission line capacity, a huge metering gap, and a fall in gas supply, despite the privatisation of the power sector which produced six generation companies and eleven DisCos.
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