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Nigeria: Govt Begins Automation of Power Network, Completes Mapping of 21 States

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Abuja — The federal government Tuesday launched the Central Data Management System (CDMS), a digital platform of the Nigeria Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) project, which monitors power networks across the country.

The project, which is being carried out in collaboration with the European Union (EU) and the German government, the Ministry of Power stressed, had already successfully mapped 21 states.

Added to that, the federal government stated that the platform has a satellite mapping of 350,000 settlement clusters, over 3,000 settlement clusters remotely mapped with over 2.6 million buildings identified and about 50,000 kilometres of 33 kilovolts (kV) as well as 11kV power distribution lines being tracked nationwide.

Speaking at the virtual launch of the platform, the Minister of Power, Mr. Sale Mamman, said that the CDMS will also remotely monitor mini-grids nationwide to digitally assess their performance, using an Application Programming Interface (API).

“This initiative is part of our efforts to digitise the Nigerian power sector using new innovative digital technologies and processes that will help address many of the key challenges that our power sector is facing today,” the minister stated.

Describing the programme as remarkable, Mamman said that within just one year of starting the CDMS project, a lot of primary data had been gathered, classified and stored on the Nigeria SE4All web portal.

He added that the online platform, CDMS, aims to offer the most accurate data and latest tools that empower data-driven electrification planning under the domain nigeriase4all.gov.ng.

“The platform has a satellite mapping of 350,000 settlement clusters; over 3,000 settlement clusters remotely mapped with over 2,600,000 buildings identified; about 50,000 kilometres of 33 kilovolts (kV) and 11kV power distribution lines being tracked across 21 States and the FCT,” he noted.

According to him, the platform’s launch was to drive President Muhammadu Buhari’s power sector bison of 30:30:30 — a target to deliver 30,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity by 2030 with at least 30 per cent coming from renewable energy.

The EU and the German government’s support, the minister said, is coming under the framework of the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP), a technical assistance programme, while the German agency, GIZ, and the Federal Ministry of Power are implementing it.

In his comments, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr. Christian Ohaa, said the platform would promote transparency and accountability in the power sector and called on the private sector and other stakeholders to key into the initiative of the power industry.