Nigeria’s Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu has described the Power Sector as the Energy the country needs for economic growth and Industrial development.
The Minister stated this in Abuja the nation’s capital while addressing a delegation of the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) led by the President, Engineer Tasiu Sa’ad Gidari-Wudil, to the Ministry.
The Minister said there is no transformed economy throughout the world that did not put power as a priority.
He stressed that one of the major crises Nigeria experiences is not being able to produce what is consumed thereby being dependent on other parts of the world as a consuming economy.
“A large percentage of what we consume as a nation is imported and any country desirous of transformation should eschew such scenario.
“Nigeria needs an abundance of power supply and the challenge doesn’t lie on any other institution other than the Nigerian Society of Engineers,” Adelabu said .
Speaking further, the Minister said that President Tinubu’s plan of changing Nigerians’ lives and implementing the local content in government contracts has become imperative.
“As a protagonist of local content, there must be recognition of the local meter manufacturers in Nigeria to encourage development and sustainability,” he said.
He revealed that the consumers are the revenue determinants; thus, a distribution capacity should be in excess as power generated and does not get to the doorstep of the consumers is a fruitless effort.
“Nigeria is a nation with a population of over 220 million, generating only 4000 megawatts, this calls for adequate collaboration as new confidence is being reposed on this new administration for sustainable and adequate power supply.
“There have been a series of Bilateral Stakeholders consultations before a planned town hall meeting of all stakeholders in which the NSE will be majorly involved,” he stated.
Earlier, the President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Gidari-Wudil said that the Society will use all expertise and operational arsenal to help the Ministry achieve its Mandate.
He said that the quest for expanding the views and vision of the society across international boundaries, with the view of harnessing vital international resources, knowledge sharing and transfer, led to the council of NSE approval of five international diaspora branches of the Society in Houston, London, Manchester, Glasgow and the Eastern region of Saudi Arabia.
“The incoming President of the World Society of Engineers is a top member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers,” he added.