Federal Government yesterday explained the challenges it is facing in its efforts to give stable power supply to Nigerians.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Power, Amb Godknows Igali told State House Correspondents Friday night that power supply had fallen to an unprecedented level of 1.32 megawatts due to a number of challenges, adding that it will definitely get worse if the industrial dispute between government and Labour Unions persist.
Igali also mentioned gas shortages and pipeline vandalism as other reasons why the power supply level has been on a free fall in recent times.
“It has become necessary to update our citizens on the current power situation in the country. Prior to the current constraints we have been encountering we have generated between 4,800 megawatts at the beginning of the year with a potential to get up to 6,000 megawatts based on the available gas and hydros.
Besides, pipeline vandalisation which has continued to have very negative impact on the power supply situation in the country, the on-going strike by labour unions in the oil and gas sector has added additional toll. The current strike by both senior and junior staff unions of the NNPC, (NUPENG and PENGASSAN) has led to further reduction of the amount of gas available to most of our power plants especially in the western axis,” he said.
The overall effect is that power supply which had started picking up steadily since the beginning of the week, following repairs of various vandalised portions of the ELP Line and the Trans-Forcados Gas Pipelines has fallen to all-time-unprecedented low of 1,327m was at 1.00 p.m. on Friday, 22nd May, 2015. This situation could get worse if the strike action continues.”
He however expressed hope that with the ongoing dialogue among parties involved in the industrial action, power situation in the country will improve.