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Why Many Nigerians Have Not Had Power Supply Recently – Minister



Blackout As National Power Grid Collapses Again

The Minister of Power, Sale Mamman on Thursday noted that many Nigerians have not had power supply due to the breakdown of some National Integrated Power Plants supplying electricity to the national grid.

The Minister in his statement apologized to all those affected and assured that the issue is receiving attention and would soon be rectified.

Mamman said the challenges been experienced by those affected are regrettable and pleaded for their understanding while the repair work is in progress.

According to him, some power plants broke down, others have gas constraints, one is affected by water management issues while the Jebba plant was shut down for annual maintenance.

“I sincerely regret the recent Power outages across the Nation and the difficulties it has brought with it, and wish to assure my Fellow Nigerians that everyone involved is working assiduously to restore the National grid to its previous historical levels and exceed that.

“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 hydroelectric power plant has water management issues,” he wrote on Twitter.

In other news, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has asked the Federal Government to tell Nigerians the truth about his claim that N60 billion was printed in March to support allocation to states.

Obaseki made this known in a statement released via his Twitter handle on Thursday while reacting to Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, who said his claim was untrue.

The minister had told State House correspondents on Wednesday that the claim by the governor is untrue, adding that the money shared among the tiers of government was not printed.

Reacting, Obaseki said he won’t join issues with the minister over the issue, asking the federal government to take urgent steps to end the current monetary rascality so as to prevent the prevailing economic challenges.