A member of the National Assembly, Senator Ibrahim Gobir (APC Sokoto East) on Sunday in Abuja, said the nation could generate 45,000 mega watts of electricity if it utilised its coal reserves.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria that if the coal resource in Enugu, Benue and Kogi were harnessed, power problems in the country would be a thing of the past.
The senator, who was speaking on the challenges of Nigeria at 55, said challenges in the country could be surmounted if there was a political will to do so.
Gobies said, “During those days, we were using coal to generate electricity in Enugu State and other places; today, if we want to generate 45,000 mega watts, we can generate that using coal.
“In the Enugu axis alone you can generate 30,000 megawatts; in Kogi and Benue, you can produce about 15,000 mega watts; so, we are talking about 45,000 megawatts from coal alone.
“All that we have been talking about over the years is to generate 40,000 megawatts but today, we are just dangling with only 4,000 megawatts; so I think we have to look at some of our planning.”