The Federal Government has blamed the prevailing power situation in the country on saboteurs, as well as vandalization of power infrastructure, while apologizing to Nigerians for the hardship which the situation has imposed on them. In a statement issued in Abuja by the Special Adviser on Media, Segun Adeyemi, the Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed said all efforts are being made to rectify the situation and ensure a gradual improvement in the power situation.
‘’There will be improvement in the power situation from this weekend, thanks to ongoing remedial efforts that will double the current power supply to 4,000MW. Getting back to the 5,074MW all-time high that was reached earlier will take a few more weeks,’’ he said.
The minister said vandalization of the Forcados export pipelines forced oil companies to shut down, making it impossible for them to produce gas. He continued: “Then, workers at the Ikeja Discos, who were protesting the disengagement of some of their colleagues after they failed the company’s competency test, apparently colluded with the National Transmission Station in Osogbo to shut down transmission. Finally, the strike by the unions at the NNPC, over the restructuring of the corporation, shut down the Itarogun Power Station, the biggest in the country. Due to these factors, only 13 out of the 24 power stations in the country are currently functioning. It is this same kind of situation that affected fuel supply.’’
‘’The bitter truth is that for as long as these groups of Nigerians continue to sabotage the power infrastructure, Nigerians cannot enjoy a decent level of power supply. We therefore admonish all Nigerians who may be agitating for their rights in whatever form to refrain from any action that will further hurt the same people they claim to be protecting,’’ he said.