Govt. Promises Stable Power Supply By October

The Federal Government has promised that power supply would be stable in Nigeria from October this year.

The Minister of Power, Chinedu Nebo, made promise while briefing journalists after a closed-door power meeting, chaired by Vice President Namadi Sambo at the State House, Abuja.

The administration has however failed to deliver on past promises concerning electricity supply.

The Minister who noted that other issues in the electricity value chain were being addressed, said power supply had improved in the country in the past one week due to improved gas supply.

“The cheering news from all of these is that if you have noticed throughout the country in the past one week people have been getting much better power supply.

“The gas is now beginning to come back and it’s something that gives all of us a lot of joy.

“And we know that it will continue to grow that way even until December because now some of the facilities, maintenance, repair works on the gas equipment and so on.

“The gas producers have come to a place where almost all of these is being taken care of, and then the new gas we are expecting we have then trickling in right now.

“So that part of the shortfalls we’ve had in production up to this time, we hope that by the beginning of October, we will see a much better stabilisation of the entire power delivery system in the country.

“First, I would say we rejoice that for the first time in a long time we have been averaging over 4,500 MW when we include nearly 300 mw of spilling reserve which is always put there to make sure that the reliability and stability of the grid is ensured at all time.

“So, we are really moving forward; it may not be as rapidly as Nigerians expect but it is important to let everybody know that indeed we are advancing, we are making progress and we will continue to make progress’’ he said.

He also noted that the Federal Government is making arrangements to ensure that the bills of electricity generating companies are promptly paid.

“The generation companies have been complaining that they need to have all their bills paid.

“The good thing about this is that arrangements are being made to make sure that all the generation companies get their money as and when due.

“We are working on that. That is part of the meeting that was chaired by Mr Vice President.

“Next thing is how far we have come with the issue of even settling the gas question. The gas question has remained for quite a while.

“But very thankfully, the Honourable Minister of Petroleum Resources and I, the central bank governor and chairman of NERC met several times to address those issues.

“And that eventually ended in finding resources to take care of the indebtedness of the generation companies to the gas companies.

“So once we take care of the backlog, we insist that the gas companies will eventually produce more gas,’’ he said.


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  • John green

    Is it today we’ve been hearing news of no power outage again In due months?? You don’t need to lie to nigerians again, we’v known that till he leaves finally in 2015, nigerians will still suffer for the epileptic power in the nation. PDP is a failed party and his members are failed instrument, we need change and nothing more

  • HonestEmmanuel

    Very pathetic place Nigeria has gotten herself into. Billions of nairas sunk into the power sector by the PDP government since 1999, yet just a pathetic 4500 MWs to show for it. All the banks lining up the Marina in Lagos (by way of generators) generate far more power than the pathetic 4500 MWs that the GEJ administrations claims as an achievement – just putting things in perspective. Each bank HQ in Marina deploys 2 or 3 units of 600 MWs, just 10 units of 600 MVA generating plants connected in synchronous parallel generates far more power than all what 170 million Nigerians have to share (and even be thankful for).
    Electricity supply to most homes have never been worse, yet this under performing government claims otherwise. Perhaps their supply is from across the border.
    To solve the power problem once and for all, a law should be passed that makes owning and running a generating plant a criminal offence at all levelS of government in Nigeria – starting with Aso Rock, only then will this power problem be solved.

    • sirjoka

      Am sure u mean 600KVA and not 600MVA. No generator can output that amount of power. Bearing that in mind, you will need 1000 generators of 600KVA to generate 600MVA.
      Do that mathematics right and stop the gibberish commenting

      • Gbenga James

        Thank you for this piece, cuz many don’t know how many houses a single megawatt could power..

  • checkmate

    Fairy Tales as usual.

  • GbemigaO

    One week and you are running mouth diarrhoea ! Unserious government !

  • Dr. Kay

    They seem to be sounding like a broken record , even if you give Dumbo 100 years he won’t be able to maintain a stable 24/7 power in Otuoke talk less the whole country. He can’t even guarantee 24/7 uninterrupted power supply to Aso rock. This government is so deluded they keep on changing the goalpost .they are clueless ,inept , bereft of new ideas and has nothing to show except incompetence and boko boku corruption. Ism not holding my breathe anyways or else I go yamutu with asphyxia. Why is 2015 not here already for us to remove this clueless clowns.

  • Wähala

    Don’t throw away your generators yet… we’ve heard that so many times it’s now sound a chorus to a song.
    Useless Govt. Empty promises is what Dumbo is well versed in. Believe him and as well believe I’m Dr. Nnamdo Asikiwe!

  • Babatunde

    I have said it times without number that if Mr. Jonathan fulfills his promise of constant electricity in Nigeria, I will vote for him six days of the week and twice on Sunday. The way it stands though, as unrealistic and ridiculous as that promise looks, I still believe that it can be done – if I still believe in miracles. However, if he fails to deliver on this vital electoral promise, I can assure you that all bets are off.