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.