Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Ambassador Godknows Igali has said electricity had been stable in the country lately because there was no case of gas pipeline vandalism.
Igali spoke to journalists in Abuja recalled that vandalism was the bane of electricity supply during the last administration.
He said things improved with the decision of the current administration to engage the communities through which the pipelines pass which according to him led to increased gas supplies and improved power supply nationwide currently at 4,600MW.
He said, “The gas is now passing to the gas pipelines and I think that the government has been engaging the communities and the places where the gas infrastructure passes through, we hope it will be sustained because, like I said, there is a conscious engagement and this is being redoubled.
“To redouble means that there was an effort and when there was an effort and you put additional effort and additional effort, then, it means that you have redoubled your work and that is what is going on and at different levels.
“We saw tremendous vandalism especially before the handover. It has never been so bad, but now for nearly three months, not a single day has had that kind of vandalism. It is our prayer that this will continue.”
Igali explained that apart from President Muhammadu Buhari building on efforts of past government and tasking stakeholders with redoubling their efforts, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has been holding almost daily meetings with power distribution companies on ways of improving power supply to consumers.
He dismissed the insinuation that power supply improved because of increased rains adding that the hydropower stations in Kainji and Shiroro contribute just about 20 per cent of the entire electricity and no substantial additions come from there.
Meanwhile, Power supply to households and businesses in the country has fallen below the 4,000 megawatts mark, as 1,047.3MW was lost in seven days, data obtained from the presidential task force on power showed recently.
Last week, electricity from the national grid hit a record high of 4,810.7MW and the Transmission Company of Nigeria had then said the new peak followed the record set the previous day when 4,748MW was wheeled by its network.
The dip in power generation and supply followed the shutdown of both the Trans Niger Pipeline and Nembe Creek Trunkline late last week.
Shell Petroleum Development Company had declared force majeure on the export of Bonny Light crude oil, one of Nigeria’s main export grades following the shutdown of both the TNP and the NCTL.
The Manager, Corporate Media Relations of the SPDC, Mr. Precious Okolobo, had said a leak was reported on the TNP at Oloma in Rivers State, while the NCTL was shut down for the removal of crude theft points, adding that the SPDC was working to repair and reopen the two lines as quickly as possible
The Trans Niger Pipeline transports about 180,000 barrels of crude oil per day to the Bonny Export Terminal and is part of the gas liquids evacuation infrastructure critical for continued domestic power generation at the Afam VI power plant and liquefied gas exports, Shell said in a statement on its website.

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