Reports from senior officials of the electricity distribution companies in different parts of the country confirmed that the generation of power dropped drastically on Tuesday and Wednesday.
This resulted in the total blackout experienced in many parts of the country. Especially as regards the past few days where the people have been complaining and reaching out to the government through protests. Electricity generation was reduced from about 3,207.7MW to a figure as low as 1,233.4MW on Tuesday due to the partial collapse of the Shiroro Power Plant.
By Wednesday, the power generation was 1,580.6MW; the megawatts was being rationed among the electricity distribution companies as Ikeja got 237.09MW; Benin, 142.25MW; Enugu, 142.25MW and Abuja 181.77MW. Other places like Ibadan was served 205.48MW; Kaduna, 126.45MW; Kano, 126.45MW; Port Harcourt, 102.74MW; and Yola, 55.32MW according to Punch.
The normal allocation for the Abuja Disco was 450MW as against the 181.77MW supplied which later dropped to 137.77MW before 2.00pm on that day. The vandalism of the gas pipelines had been a major challenge to the generation and distribution of electricity over time according to the officials from the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing. This was purported as one of the major reasons for the fall in the electricity generation.
Gas being an important commodity is essential and vital for the generation of power as most of the electricity generated in Nigeria is from gas-fired power plants. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Minister of Power, Babatunde Fashola Minister of Power, Babatunde Fashola Dr. Anthony Akah, the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission expressed his bitterness on the issue of the vandalism that has led to the reduction of electricity power supply and distribution.
“Currently, repairs are ongoing on some of the ruptured pipelines and once they are completed, we believe generation will pick up again.” He solicited for the support of members of the public as well as that of the Consumer Protection Council to cooperate and work with electricity service providers and security agencies in order to ensure adequate protection of power installations across the country.
Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, the Minister of Petroleum Resources also confirmed the fact that vandalism has been a serious challenge to the power sector as much as it has been to the oil and gas sector on speaking with some journalists in Abuja. Management of the power distribution in Ikeja apologized to customers for the seizure of power supply within their jurisdiction for the past three days.
The apology was made on Wednesday by the Head of Corporate Communications of Ikeja electricity distribution company; Mr. Felix Ofulue who attributed the poor services of the company to the ongoing activities by labor union as a result of the sacking of over 400 workers. He said the company is not on strike as rumored but that their access to the facilities has been prevented by the protesting members of the labor union, thus making it difficult for them to provide consistent service to the customers.
This situation according to Mr. Felix Ofulue has affected the power supply negatively and the purchase of recharge units because the business units and substations have been taken over by the members of the protesting unions.
He however urged the public to bear with them. READ ALSO: Egbin power workers accuse management of poor service Ofulue noted that the situation had impacted negatively on power supply as well as the purchase of recharge units because all the substations, business units and undertakings had been taken over by union members protesting. He said: “Ikeja Electric regrets all inconveniences this action may have caused its customers and appeals to all its customers to please bear with us. We assure our customers that the company is doing its best to normalize the situation within the shortest possible time. We thank all our customers for their patience and understanding.”
Power sector workers under the aegis of National Union of Electricity Employees and Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies had on Monday picketed the head office of the Ikeja Electric over the sacking of 400 workers of the company. The union had issued a seven-day ultimatum to the management of the company last week Tuesday to recall the disengaged workers or face industrial action.