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Bart Nnaji

Bart Nnaji

The former Minister of Power, Professor Barth Nnaji has stressed the need for Nigeria to diversify its electricity generation and transmission to other sources aside gas.Nnaji said there are other ways of generating power in country, which are yet to be explored by the Government due to over dependence on oil.
 
Nnaji, who was the guest speaker at the 11th yearly project management lecture of the Department of Building, University of Lagos, said coal and hydro are other essential sources of generating power, which the country is yet to subscribe to.
 
“United states supply its people 40 per cent of its power from coal, United Kingdom about the same percentage while China is about 60 per cent.“We have coal in Nigeria, we are not making use of it, there are so many resources we have that we are not making use of, even the natural gas. Nigeria is more of a gas country than oil but are we even producing the gas? It is certainly not enough. Coal needs to be revisited to enable people develop and use it well, he said.
 
“The advantage of coal is that, it is not located in a region where we have militancy but people who own the coal may decide to join the prey and the resource control. Besides, there was no resource control before oil became such pricey commodity. 
 
But the government must look at the issue critically, find a solution to deal with it to ensure that gas would continue to supply the users of natural gas and power generation. The people in government knows what to do and how to solve this problem. 
 
He explained that hydro is another source of power but it is limited. The largest hydro Nigeria would get is the Mambilla hydro, which is about 3000 megawatts in comparison to China’s, which is about 20,000 megawatts. 

He said: “We can expect maximally to do 10,000 megawatts these way as a country, we need to make hale while the sun shines, and look for diversification of power and those sources must come from coal and natural gas. 
  
The former minister, who spoke on the theme: ‘Sustainable Development of the Power sector: The Role of Project Management noted that project management is complex and diverse. Sustainability for power is being able to have a robust way to produce electricity. A robust way to transmit and distribute power and an efficient and reliable fuelling of power plants. “The other aspect of sustainability is transmission. Transmission network in Nigeria is not adequate and we have power and gas transmission.

The calculation in general shows that transmission of power is easier to handle but some find ways of saying gas is easier to transmit. If we are talking about sustainability, the national grid should be a super grid but should have mini grid that can be sustainable. 
 
“When we have it, it is easier not to have a total wide country collapse and it is also possible to have embedded generation building power plant between particular grids and thee power plant feeds on the grid not relying on the national grid,” he explained.
   
Earlier in his address, Acting Head of Department of Building, Unilag, Dr. Olumide Adenuga, said the purpose of the lecture was borne out of the passion to appraise the current development in the power sector. Project management programme, according to him, is conceived to meet the project management challenges of the increasing large and complex projects, sometimes referred to as mega project. It is vital to the economic transformation and development of every nation as the industry is also known to be a major employer of labour and the driver of economic growth. 

  
In his remarks, former Head, Department of Building, Professor Godwin Idoro, said the power sector has been a problem, the deliverables in power sector is about light in the house and streets. The whole surrounding is thrown into darkness and that means there is a problem in the power sector.        
 
“There are different types of project in project management. Power is one of the projects. The objective of the programme is to apply the principles of project management in the management of power sector. 
 
He noted that project management is all about deliverables and how to manage the deliverables is what project management is all about. 
“If the principles of project management is being applied perhaps some of the problems would be solved.”


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