The Presidency has said President Muhammadu Buhari is determined to ensure that there is significant progress in delivering electricity and power to Nigerians before leaving office in 2023.
Speaking on Tuesday during an interview with Channels Television, Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina said the President will his utmost best to ensure that the electricity supply is improved.
He said: “President Buhari is determined that before he leaves in another eight months, there will be significant progress in delivering electricity and power to Nigerians and whatever it takes to do it, he will do it.”
Adesina said the President will address the global issues affecting Nigeria in his speech at the 77th edition of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Wednesday.
He said the implications of the Russia-Ukraine war on energy supply may be discussed, adding that the Nigerian government is making progress with the power deal signed with Siemens,
He said: “In the general themes of UNGA, the energy crisis, particularly as precipitated by the Russia-Ukraine war, is something to discuss.
“But you know that at the microcosm level as it affects Nigeria, that is something that may come up in different bilateral meetings our president will hold.
“We have an agreement with Siemens, which is making progress now. It was slower at one point but in the past couple of weeks, you saw different kinds of transformers and electrical equipment coming into the country.
“I can assure you that there is progress in the relationship we struck with Siemens.”
Adesina said the slow effect of power deals on the country’s electricity supply did not start with the Buhari government, adding that the issue is a big problem.
He said: “Nobody will deny that Nigeria has a power problem, particularly with electricity and it has been there.
“Successive administrations have battled that problem and they have not succeeded so we cannot begin to pretend that we don’t have that issue.
“But will this administration make some progress on that issue before it exits office? It sure will. That was why the Siemens deal came into being in the first place.
“There was stalling of that Siemens deal, that has since been cleared and there is some movement. Already in some parts of the country, people will tell you that they are now experiencing better electricity supply and it can only get better.”