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FG Reveals Reason for Poor Power Supply: Only 5 of 23 Power Plants are Currently Generating Electricity

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The federal government on Monday revealed the reason for the deteriorating power situation in the country: Only 5 out of 23 power plants in the country are working.

Vanguard reports that the news was revealed via a statement released by Chairman of the National electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Sam Amadi:

“In the last couple of months, electricity supply has been generally poor on account of increase in vandalism in the run up to the April 2015 elections. But this bad supply condition has worsened in the last few days.

At present, 18 out of the 23 power plants in the country are unable to generate electricity due shortage of gas supply to the thermal plants with one of the hydro stations faced with water management issue. This has led to loss of over 2,000mega watts in the national grid.

“This situation is further compounded by the recent industrial actions embarked upon by workers in the oil and gas industry, a development which is taking toll on other sectors of the economy. Gas supplies to the thermal plants have been further constrained by the industrial actions of workers in the oil and gas industry.

The Commission had proactively engaged the gas supply companies and its licensees when two weeks ago discussion was held on how to firm up gas supply in order to increase power supply.

Unfortunately, not much progress was made through this meeting as NNPC and its subsidiary Nigeria Gas Company, disclosed high incidence of vandalism in some areas that were relatively peaceful along its pipeline networks.

That meeting was told of the damage done to Trans-Forcados pipeline in the western axis and elps gas pipeline in the eastern axis. Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation had explained at the meeting that repair works are being intensified even as it expressed worry on the integrity of the pipelines on account of incessant damage it has sustained.

In essence, what has brought about this development is the increased incidence of vandalism which is beyond the control of the regulator and the industry operators. This situation is further compounded by the industry actions declared by the oil and gas workres.

However, we have continued to engage with relevant authorities on how fast we can address shortage of gas supply to the thermal plants. We are also engaging with the industry operators on how to improve electricity supply.

The Commission regrets the hardships which Nigerians are being subjected to on account of this development as we intensify efforts to bring the situation under control in the shortest possible time.”

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41 Comments

  1. mulikat

    May 26, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    useless country on earth Nigeria,no light up till date 2015.

    • S!

      May 26, 2015 at 8:47 pm

      The problem with Nigeria it’s her citizens. You complain about the NEPA issue yet you use your hands to vandalise the things that would give you light?
      God be with us!

    • Biibi

      May 27, 2015 at 12:47 am

      There is no need talking about problem unless you talk about solution. Technology can solve our problem.

  2. Naked

    May 26, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Abeg come off it… Even when the 23 power plants were working to full capacity, there was nothing to show for it. Folks back home in Nigeria keep lamenting about lack of power.

    The chairman of NERC “Sam Amadi” was seen on board the flight to London in the first class cabin with Buhari and Alison Madueke, and i begin to wonder what the chairman of the electricity body is going to do in London when his country is in total darkness due to lack of electricity . And how come he is flying first class? Who is footing the bill? Nigeria or himself? What a country!

    • Ebony

      May 27, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      It’s worse now though. That’s the point.

  3. Minister Ade

    May 26, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Maybe when we start enriching uranium, we will get over this phase. It is well!

    • Iris

      May 26, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      Uranium?! Uranium!!!! Are you kidding me?! We can’t even manage water and you want Nigeria to start fiddling around with radioactive and nuclear resources. In this country where it seems like the government undertakes project based on guesswork, hearsay and no actual research?

  4. tickled

    May 26, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Nigerian government, kill us, you hear?

  5. @edDREAMZ

    May 26, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said..
    .
    Pls i need manual to go to europe bcos this country is officially doomed… If we cant have stable light in 2015, when on earth are we going to have light again…. Worse country in the whole wide world….
    .
    .
    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

    • Ada Nnewi

      May 26, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      I thought you are in Jupiter? Abi does Nigeria supply Jupiter with electricity?

    • mimi

      May 26, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      Please stop using doom and Nigeria in the same phase. I am not saying don’t critic it but i believe words are prayers. So please be careful

  6. charles

    May 26, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Why are they telling us? What do we do about this piece of news? Jump & scream? They had almost six years to fix this, they blew it. As at this weekend, we were generating 1350 megawatts of electricity. Obasanjo left us with almost 2,900 megawatts.Very incompetent, clueless and inept government. Can’t wait for them to be out. sickos. . .

  7. prince

    May 26, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Thank God they’re already out.

  8. truenigerian

    May 26, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    @Charles, hope you would not make excuses for Buhari is by December we do not have 10,000 mega watts leading to the 40,000 promised by 2019.

    Nigerians blame their biological impotency on Jonathan. Sad!

    • Charles

      May 26, 2015 at 4:03 pm

      You are not making any sense.
      Thanks

  9. zelda

    May 26, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    rubbish

  10. nene follower

    May 26, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Lol @ trueNigeria, If you can rule Nigeria you can rule any other part of the world.

    Most difficult to please upon planet . Bickering,blaming,nagging set of multi-ethnic,multi religious multi orishirishi set of people.

    Where a drunkard drinks and blame govt for falling into the gutter! Really sad!

    I must say that APC opened ethnic wound healed over 20 years ago when Ibrahim Babanjida married Deltan Igbo Lady

    PDP also recognised this and integrated all tribes such that our fragility is not exposed to danger but today APC have cracked it and its all bleeding.

    Hopefully Buhari WILL NOT BE AN APC PARTY MAN.

    Nigeria will disintegrate if APC is not cut to size. With PDP we didnt know about tribe and insults.

    Without an apology APC is a regional hateful party that can only support for greed.

    PDP please recover quickly and heal the wounds. By the way i am from Ogun State and cant be blinded by the type of hate that exists now in Nigeria.

    • osan

      May 26, 2015 at 4:29 pm

      Sorry, it’s not hate. People are talking about the obvious. What has tribe got to do with this. Would you rather have another 4 years of this mess?
      If you are to undergo a major surgery and Jonathan was a doctor with a terrible record in practise similar to his political records, would you let him operate on you?
      Lord have mercy!

    • Bola

      May 26, 2015 at 4:43 pm

      nene follower, you are a bad liar. No one has divided this Country along tribal and religious lines more than PDP especially, Gej’s government. Which party did it’s member say don’t vote for Ngige from the Awolowo’s people party? PDP ( by the way GEJ was sitting in that gathering when this was said) Sambo Gej’s vice said in the north don’t vote for Buhari because his Vp candidate is a Christian with many churches then PDP said in the south don’t vote for Buhari because he will Islamize Nigeria! Is there any level of division tactic worse than that. Abeg fear God and stop lying PDP always plays the tribe or gel inion card when it suits them

    • Jade

      May 26, 2015 at 9:52 pm

      Bola I think you miss the point!

      Ngige did nothing but bench warmed.
      Ekwunife was not Ngiges match so she was choosen. Didn’t Igbos vote Rochas who performed?

      I think the candidacy of highly controversial Buhari brought about the ethnic and religious lines.

      Deep down you know he is quite controversial.

    • Jules

      May 27, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      There we go again. Nonsense talk. Aw does ethnicity comes into this discussion now. You people just like to spoil people’s mood sha.

  11. Gbemi

    May 26, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Wow … Great work done by our amiable and great president Jonathan .. He is a hero and a very good man who understands the plight of the common man ..even his last few days in office he is still working very hard to make sure things are okay in the Nigeria unlike other people who would want to ruin the country before they exist … I salute your courage sir

    • Ada Nnewi

      May 26, 2015 at 4:03 pm

      You must be delusional….

    • S!

      May 26, 2015 at 8:51 pm

      Please be quiet.

  12. Luqman

    May 26, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Nigeria problem concerning electricity has something to do with those cabals in that sector. I had been to Kanji Dam and Shiroro to see how we’re generating, transmitting and distributing power supply. To my own surprised, i realized that out of 12 turbines in Kanji power plant, it was only 2 that were functioning and no one cares to fix it. In as much as some people are still importing generators to our darling country (gen must consume fuel), we are still going to encounter similar problem.

    • nene

      May 26, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      gbam

  13. bunmi

    May 26, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Na dem sabi

  14. Jadester

    May 26, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    How on earth shld we live in Nigeria? No electricity, Nationwide fuel scarcity n in Rivers state workers have nt bin paid fr over 2months now…..How should we survive this?????…God Help Us!!

  15. isaid!

    May 26, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    @Gbemi , are you sure of the president you are talking about?

  16. Teenaa

    May 26, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    Bia Gbemi abi wats ur name again, I think u’re suffering from Amnesia! Cos I don’t get why a sane person would type wat u just did! Ass lickers evrywr.. This ur so called hero has robbed u off d future of ur children and u’re here saluting the Zombie! I feel sorry for us.

    • Gbemi

      May 26, 2015 at 6:55 pm

      Anty if you had taken time to read and understand my comment you would know it’s all Sarcasm but you are so full of bitterness and You couldn’t wait to pour it at someone you don’t even know .. Well the future of kids is secured in Christ Jesus

    • Usuji

      May 26, 2015 at 9:13 pm

      Please stop ranting here and learn how to use sacarcism clearly

  17. lola

    May 26, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Gbemi has been paid by the PDP goons.Was she not in d country when her “hero” was sacking and appointing at the last minute,even refuse to address the nation concerning the fuel issue?Yeye people.

    • hmmm

      May 27, 2015 at 12:00 am

      @Lola yours is always that someone with a dissenting voice has been paid. Please come off it! Sounds childish and too popular with you.

      I don’t believe people are paid to speak passionately. Hold your breathe unless you where paid.

  18. Oppsieyem

    May 26, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    All you Guys attacking Gbemi,take a chill pill! If take a minute you will note sarcasm inbathe comment!

    • molarah

      May 26, 2015 at 10:53 pm

      Nope. Her sarcasm wasn’t deployed properly. She should learn from this backlash and properly frame her sarcastic post next time.

  19. Lola

    May 26, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    It’s really a shame what the situation in this Country has degenerated to. A group of evil people sitting on the wealth that God has blessed us with. SMH….I couldn’t queue up for today so, i’m charging my phone inside my car this midnight as I wait for sniper to kill the mosquitoes…(Baygon no dey work for them again) After people would say Nigerian women frown too much…

    • Ada Nnewi

      May 27, 2015 at 12:36 am

      My sister it’s only sniper that works on those cretins oh! It’s flying off the shelves at ebeano…

  20. Lola

    May 26, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    *I couldn’t queue up for fuel today

  21. lola

    May 27, 2015 at 8:45 am

    @ Hmmm,what have u benefited from Jonathan’s regime?Bad roads,no light,no jobs,no pipe borne water and u tell me he is not the worst president in Nigeria.

  22. Olive Briggs

    August 13, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Blaming each other wouldn’t light up Nigeria. Any government would try its best to serve the people. All we have to do is support the ideas and co-operate. May Nigeria light up soon.

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