Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu has claimed that power generation in the country has hit a record 13,000 megawatts from 2500 President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration met it in 2015.
Shehu who made the claim in an interview on Channels Television on Friday January 7, said power generation was increased from 2,500 megawatts in Goodluck Jonathan’s administration to 13,000 megawatts with an uptake of 5,000, even though the present administration has been constrained by “situations on ground”.
He also claimed that President Buhari “inherited a reckless privatisation process”. Shehu said;
“The situation on ground constrained the government and the party from delivering as much more than what we have. As we speak today we have doubled power availability in the country.
“In terms of generation, it has improved 200 times. We have the capacity to generate more than 13,000 of power. The uptake is up to 5,000 as we speak now. That is not the best but it’s an improvement on the 2,500 megawatts that we inherited.
“We aspire to do 20,000 or 30,000 megawatts of power, we haven’t done that but we have launched 19,000 availability. It’s remarkable, why don’t we look inwards and use out the 13,000 that are available. A lot of power is generated and wasted in some cases.
“This government inherited a reckless privatisation process, which the president said in the interview that it was largely driven by the need to gratify political interest.”