25 April 2016
On the persistent crisis lingering in the power sector, the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed addressed the issue with a stern warning to agitators across the country to desist from vandalizing Federal government’s facilities.
He also pleaded with Nigerians to bear with the government as its working on immediate solutions.
He stated this while speaking in Abeokuta after his initiation as the National Grand patron of the S’Adatul Abadiya.
He further stated, “We are going to appeal to Nigerians to be patriotic and they should please stop attacking and destroying critical facilities. On the part of the government, what we have done now is looking for other means of a gas such as non-associated gas. We have also been trucking gas from Utorogu to Warri and Ughelli so as to allow for the stations around Sapele to have gas.”
He added that, “By February this year, we were able to generate and transmit 5,074Mw of power but we are in this situation today mainly because of the attack on the Forcados export line. So now we have the capacity to generate but we don’t have enough gas and as soon as this platform is repaired we will be able to generate and transmit more than 5,000MW.”
Mr. Mohammed assured Nigerians that the government is looking for alternative means of ensuring adequate gas to fire the existing power stations across the country and an effort is being made towards achieving the 10,000MW of electricity by the year 2019.