According to the Minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman, the recent power outage in the country has been caused by insufficient supply of gas, breakdown of some National Integrated Power Plants supplying electricity to the national grid, and maintenance operations at some plants.
Mamman who says the Ministry is aware of the situation has gone on to tender an apology to affected Nigerians in a statement issued by Aaron Arrtmas, his media aide in Abuja,
According to the statement, the broken-down plants include Sapele, Afam, Olonrunsogo, Omotosho, Ibom, Egbin, Alaoji and Ihovbor, while 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.
“This unfortunate development has drastically affected Power generation, thus effectively minimizing the national grid. 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,” the statement read.
However, the Minister promised that the national grid will be restored to its previous historic distribution peak of about 5,600MW of electricity and Nigerians will be relieved from the current harsh climatic conditions, with full economic activities restored.