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Thursday, November 22, 2012

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Nigerians have been assured of a stable electricity supply in major cities by end of the second quarter of 2013.

This assurance was given by President Goodluck Jonathan Wednesday, in Islamabad, Pakistan at an interactive session with the Nigerian community
living there. The event hosted by the Nigerian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Dauda Danladi, was part of the activities on the sidelines of the Summit of Eight Developing Nations (D-8) being attended by the President in Islamabad.
In his response to questions raised by some of the guests, the President revealed his administration had overcome the challenges of power generation to a very large extent. He also evacuation of the generated electricity due to poor infrastructure as
the major challenge.

"Presently, we are generating more than what our transmission capability can evacuate. We have over 1000 megawatts of power that we cannot
evacuate because of the transmission
infrastructure that have been weak over the years and it was very recently that government started the intervention.

"But, we have projects that are going on, so before the end of the second quarter, almost middle of next year, most of these projects would have been
inaugurated and we will be evacuating power generated. At that time, quite a number of cities will begin to have 24 hour of light.

"When we get to that point you will see that small scale enterprises will begin to make returns and that is the way we can create jobs," he said. The
President told the gathering that his
administration had also made improvements on other sectors like roads, aviation, Agriculture and
other infrastructure.

The prersident explained that the set-back in achieving the set target was largely due to the devastating flood that ravaged some States across
the country. "We have the major flood that really set us back in some areas, otherwise we promised Nigerians that those of them who are in the
Diaspora, when they come home this Christmas they would see significant changes.

"The kind of Airports they will pass through, then the roads they will drive from the airports to the cities and when they enter the cities may be you
are used to not seeing light and putting on generator, you will not begin your stay by talking about the price
of diesel again because you will have light throughout.

"We may not be able to achieve all that by December, because within the flood period, we could not work. Things that we had expected to finish by December, were halted within the flood,
there was stagnation everywhere," he said.

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