Federal government has restated that gas pipeline vandalism remains the major cause of inadequate power generation in the country, even as it called on all stakeholders to support security agencies to stop such nefarious activities.
Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, Dr Godknows Igali, who stated this in Abuja, disclosed that the recent vandalism along the Escravos pipeline route caused the drop of the nation’s power generation to about 2,800 megawatts, MW.
Igali, who spoke during a meeting with the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Dr Ade Abolurin and relevant stakeholders, said the power generation had reached 4,500MW as at April 3.
“As at April 3, which is the nearest reference point for us, we were able to generate about 4,500MW on the grid, but as at this morning we had gone down to about 2,800MW.
“So you can see how much power we have lost as a result of vandalism, that is why power supply has become very bad all over the country because of these strange Nigerians that continue to deliberately blow up our gas pipelines,’’ Igali said.
The permanent secretary therefore charged the security agents to always ensure adequate protection of power infrastructure in the country.
While describing the activities of the vandals as national economic sabotage, he called on all stakeholders to join the federal government and security agencies to put a halt to their nefarious activities.
According to him, the ministry was working more closely with the security agencies, especially the NSCDC in a bid to adequately protect the power infrastructure across the country.
Igali, however, assured that all hands were on deck to repair the pipelines and boost power generation and distribution across the country.
Earlier, Abolurin, who strongly condemned the activities of the vandals, said that his men were working day and night to curtail the menace of pipeline vandalism in the country.
He said that the NSCDC had acquired more vehicles, boats and gadgets to aid its operations, especially in the Niger Delta region.
Abolurin said that in 2015, about 50 culprits had been convicted by the law courts while several others had been arrested and awaiting prosecution.
He said that the NSCDC would not relent in his effort to ensure adequate security and protection of critical power infrastructure across the country in line with its mandate.

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