THE NIGERIAN POWER SECTOR TODAY:
The Nigerian Power sector is presently the single largest employer of Engineers in Nigeria without a disputation. The Sector has about Twenty (20) distinct sub-sector and over Fifty Sub-Units. Each Sub-Sector consists of a chain of Units. The Power Sector has being in trouble waters for the past Sixteen years undergoing endless reforms which in most cases does not take into account the inputs of the Engineers. Thus, in an effort to address the prevailing poor Power Facility and infrastructure Management in Nigeria, Engineers in the Sector who are Members of the Nigerian Society of Engineers(NSE) came together to advance a common cause of championing Professionalism in the Sector in Nigeria. The Nigerian Institution of Power Engineers is a Product of that noble initiative.
THE NIGERIAN POWER SECTOR – THE ISSUES ARISING
- FGN Policy misadventures in the Power sector
- Local Content Act in the Nigerian Power sector
- On-Shore and Off-Shore equipment and Materials sourcing/Procurement issues
- 750KV Super Transmission Grid Network/HVDC Networks
- Advocacy: Gas flaring and need to use same for Power generation – Policy direction and enforcement for increased power generation and wealth for the FGN; Carbon capture issues
- Cost of Generation to be greatly minimize through the insistence of Gen Plants being sited close to their fuel sources
- Alternative and Sustainable Power generation sources: Gen plants – WIND, SOLAR, etc
- Intermodal & Broadband communication issues: the Nigerian Grid network as a panacea
- The Personnel and Staffing Policies &Remunerations of Engineers in relation to their special hazard to working the Sector
- Political appointment of Management officers in Technical positions/Leadership of the Sector
- Funding of the Sector by Government & Investors
- Review of the Power Sector Act as at today to conform with reality
- Status of existing infrastructures of the Sector and solutions required to change status quo
- Public and Private Sector participation
- Incentives for Engineers with COREN Certificates in the sector
- Policy by Government for the need to ensure that all houses in Nigeria have a Solar panel to generate at least an X MW of electricity for their use and resale excess to the grid – SMART METERS
- To serve as advocacy: Universities and Polytechnics Curriculum upgrades to accommodate new disciplines/Courses specific to the sector, thus ensuring professionalism.
- Database of hydro Power potentials and other sources of power generation in Nigeria.
Database of Researched locally sourced materials and product models of Power Equipment &Apparatuses for ease of in-country manufacturing of same in Nigeria.