The Ministry of Power is not unaware of the current power outages/shortages bedeviling many parts of the country, a statement by the Special Assistant, Media and Communications to the Minister of Power, Aaron Artimas has said.
According to the statement, the Power Ministry said, the problem was caused by the breakdown of some National Integrated Power Plants supplying electricity to the national grid.
The statement said, “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 plant has water management problems.
“This unfortunate development has drastically affected Power generation, thus effectively minimizing the national grid”, the statement said.
In view of this, it said, 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.
It quoted the minister to have assured that the ministry through the appropriate Agencies was working assiduously to rectify the technical problems affecting the plants as well as resolving the gas issues to the others.
It said, Engr Sale Mamman further assures that the national grid would be restored to its previous historic distribution peak of about 5,600MW of electricity achieved early this year, so as to relief Nigerians from the current harsh climatic conditions and restore full economic activities.