President Goodluck Jonathan has promised to grant states and other interests involved in power generation the fiat to build their own distribution networks.
Jonathan assured that the Federal Government would soon set up the machinery that would ensure the distribution of electricity generated through the various Independent Power Projects across the country without much hindrance.
The President was responding to the request of the Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, that the FG should grant states the authority to distribute electricity generated at the completion of their IPPs.
Jonathan, who spoke on Friday while inaugurating the 100 megawatts Trans-Amadi Power Station, Phase II, expressed worry that Rivers State and other states that had completed their power projects were unable to distribute them to the people.
He promised to instruct the Minister of State, Power, Mr. Nuhu Somo Way, to work out modalities that would enhance the distribution of electricity generated by some state governments.
“That is one of the reasons we want the Minister of Power to be here. Immediately we get to Abuja, we will tell the Minister of Power to set up the machinery that will ensure the distribution of power generated by some state governments,”
Jonathan, however, warned against unnecessary bureaucracy towards achieving regular power supply for Nigerians.
Earlier, Governor Amaechi had told the President that the state had written several letters to the Power Holding Company of Nigeria and the Minister of State, Power to authorise it (Rivers) to begin the distribution of the power it generated without positive response.