The delivery of 80 per cent of equipment needed for the first phase of the Nigeria-Siemens Presidential Power Initiative (PPI) is cheering news that will renew the hopes of Nigerians that the project is still on course.
According to the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO), this development has rekindled hope and faith in President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to implementing this project that will transform Nigeria’s power sector.
In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, BMO said that the project which initially seemed like a mirage will soon be crystalised.
“Many Nigerians had doubts over the PPI project which was conceived in 2018 and later stalled majorly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but today it has taken a positive turn.
“The first Phase of the three-phased project will deliver an additional 2,000MW and two million new connections to the national grid, training of over 5,000 engineers to operate the system network, and improved electricity access to millions of Nigerians.
“The second Phase will expand the capacity of the transmission and distribution systems to enable evacuation of up to 11,000MW of electricity to consumers, and the third Phase will expand the power grid to 25,000MW capacity through further expansion of generation, transmission, and distribution systems,” it said.
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BMO said that “the PPI is a government-to-government project and by the end of its execution in 2025, the national power grid would have been fully expanded from the current 5,000MW to a high of 25,000MW, leading to an improved quality of life for the citizens and also energising the economy, industry and society at large.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has indeed shown that he can touch all segments of our critical infrastructure needs such as roads, health, agriculture and now the Siemen project.
“We are optimistic that the President-elect will continue on this path and consolidate on the successes recorded in the power sector,” the group added. (NAN)
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