Apart from the issue of dam water levels, the Federal Government has said that other factors contributed to the statewide power outage.
Engineer Abubakar Aliyu, Minister of Power, stated this Wednesday while fielding questions from State House media following the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
He was responding to concerns about the likely causes of the country’s present dismal electrical supply condition.
The minister, who indicated that the difficulties were already being handled, stated that the recent national grid failure had been resolved.
He cited the breakdown of the system, scheduled repair of facilities, pipeline vandalism, disagreements over gas availability, and payment for gas contracts between gas firms and power producing corporations as difficulties that contributed to the present power crisis.
“Another reason we’re in this scenario currently is that there’s a gas shortage, and some of the generators need to be serviced.”
“It is a scheduled repair and it is meant to be a scheduled outage, but we did not anticipate having difficulties with pipeline vandalism, which the NNPC has solved as you can see everywhere, aviation fuel, and petrol in the filling stations.” It is a mix of numerous variables that has exacerbated the grid crisis.
“We have now regained the grid.” The grid has been restored, and we are working to add more megawatts to the system. We’ve formed many tiny committees, all with the goal of adding additional megawatts to the system. Basically, the issue revolves around gas. Gas contracts are required between generating businesses and gas providers; some are form contracts, while others are not. We’re working into it and will have some answers ready in a few days,” he added.
Aliyu also clarified the amount of power generated in the nation, adding, “We have capacity of 8,000 megawatts – the one on the grid, embedded, and captive.” When you add them all together, you get the difficulties we’re having. We are on top of the difficulty and will be out of it very shortly.”