The Ministry of Power on Thursday said that power output dropped from a recent peak of 4,500MW on April 3, to 2,800 as of March 30.
Permanent Secretary in the ministry Godknows Igali, blamed the huge cut on “vandalism of gas pipelines”. Speaking in a meeting Mr. Igali alongside Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ade Abolurin, where he called for increased protection of Nigeria’s power infrastructure.
“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,” Mr. Igali said.
All Nigerian cities, including the capital Abuja and Lagos, have witnessed one of the worst electricity supplies in recent years, with power available for less than five hours a day in many areas.
The permanent secretary described the activities of the vandals and as national economic sabotage. He said the ministry of power was working more closely with the security agencies, especially the NSCDC to adequately protect power infrastructure across the country.
He further said, the damaged pipelines are being repaired to boost power generation across the country. NSCDC Boss, Mr. Abolurin, who strongly condemned the activities of the vandals, said personnel were working to curtail the menace of pipeline vandalism in the country.
He said the NSCDC had acquired more vehicles, boats and gadgets to aid its operations, especially in the Niger Delta region.
He said 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.
The NSCDC chief also appealed to the private investors operating the power infrastructure to make their own provisions for security to compliment government’s effort