President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to enhancing Nigeria’s electricity supply before leaving office in 2023, according to presidential spokesperson Femi Adesina.
Adesina stated this on Tuesday an interview on Channels Television.
Buhari left Abuja for New York on Sunday to attend the UN general assembly (UNGA77).
The president is scheduled to address the gathering in a “national speech” on Wednesday, and according to Adesina, the president will address international concerns as they pertain to Nigeria.
The presidential spokesperson stated the ramifications of the Russia-Ukraine war on energy supply may be considered when asked if Nigeria’s difficulty obtaining electricity would be mentioned.
According to Adesina, the federal government is moving on with the power contract it signed with Siemens and the president will take whatever steps are necessary to improve the availability of electricity significantly.
“In the general themes of UNGA, the energy crisis, particularly as precipitated by the Russia-Ukraine war, is something to discuss,” he said.
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 electricity equipment coming into the country.
“I can assure you that there is progress in the relationship we struck with Siemens.
“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.”