By Adewuyi Simeon
Minister of Power Sale Mamman on Thursday stated reasons behind power outage across the country.
The minister apologized to all Nigerians affected by the power outage currently being experienced across the country described it as unfortunate situation.
The Power Minister in a statement signed by his media aid, Aaron Arrtmas, on Thursday in Abuja, stressed that the situation came up due to inadequate gas supply to some thermal plants, annual maintenance and water management at the hydro plants.
According to the statement The minister stated that the Ministry of Power is aware of the current power outages/shortages bedevilling many parts of the country.
The statement reads in part ”The problem is caused by the breakdown of some National Integrated Power Plants supplying electricity to the national grid. The plants are namely, Sapele, Afam, Olonrunsogo, Omotosho, Ibom, Egbin, Alaoji and Ihovbor. The Jebba Power Plant was shut down for annual maintenance.
”Seven other integrated Power plants, namely Geregu, Sepele, Omotosho, Gbarain, Omuku, Paras and Alaoji are experiencing gas constraints while the Shiroro plant has water management problems.
The power minister stressed that the unfortunate development has drastically affected Power generation, thus effectively minimizing the national grid.
He said ‘In view of this, The Hon Minister of Power Engr Sale Mamman regrets this unfortunate situation and offers his sincere apology to all affected Nigerians on the inconveniences the Power shortages are causing.
”He assures that the ministry through the appropriate Agencies is working assiduously to rectify the technical problems affecting the plants as well as resolving the gas issues to the others.
”Engr Sale Mamman further assures that the national grid will be restored to its previous historic distribution peak of about 5,600MW of electricity achieved early this year, so as to relief Nigerians from the current harsh climatic conditions and restore full economic activities.”