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SOLVING ENERGY CRISIS IS PRIORITY FOR THE SENATE – SENATE PRESIDENT BUKOLA SARAKI

(Last Updated On: March 9, 2017)

By Sodunke Omolola

 

The President of the Senate Dr. Bukola Saraki In a statement issued through his Special Adviser

(Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, has promised Nigerians that the senate was working on

finding lasting solutions to the power shortage problem in the country.

Nigeria’s power generation capacity from all generation companies which dropped from 3,959

megawatts to 2,662 megawatts earlier this year, serves over 170 million Nigerian and ranks amongst

the lowest around the world.

The senate President who is in Feldheim, an energy self-sufficient village located 70 kilometres

outside Berlin- Germany, said he and his team are on the working visit to see how Nigeria can

emulate and achieve efforts of the village.

The village of has a population of 140 people who independently generates 10mw “safe, local,

economic and ecological supply of heat and electricity” from which they sell the excess to the

national power grid.

“Citizens take their energy supply into their own hands, as they contributed money to build bio-gas

plants, which use slurry and manure from their pigs and cows and wind farms.” Mr. Werner

Frohwitter the Project Leader told the visiting entourage.

Saraki said the issue of power supply, power generation, transmission and distribution remains top

priority for the National Assembly. He assured that the present senate which he heads will amend

the Current power laws to solve Nigeria’s energy crisis.

“We have to amend the laws to allow communities to generate energy that is more than 10

megawatts and even the laws about power transmission and distribution have to be amended to

allow more creativity and involvement from the private sector, we are here to see the experiment

and success of the people of Feldheim and see what our people can learn from it”, he said.

Feldheim attracts over 4,000 visitors yearly comprising students, politicians, researchers, scholars

and journalists who want to learn about how the village generate and sustain its 10mw of electricity.