The minister of power, Prof Chinedu Nebo, said yesterday that the power situation in the country has worsened as a number of power plants relying on gas supply has been starved of gas to generate electricity.
He revealed that the power situation dropped in the country by about 1,700 mega watts (mws) over the last couple of days, explaining that the nearest reference point, according to the daily broadcast from Osogbo, is the drastic drop of power generation from 4,500 as at April 4, to 2,800 as at yesterday, April 30, 2015.
The permanent secretary, Ministry of Power, Mr Godknows Igali, made the revelation while speaking on behalf of the minister of power when he received the commandant general, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Prof Ade Abolurin, and his entourage at a meeting to discuss ways on how to stampout the activities of vandals in the country.
Meanwhile, Abolurin, who lamented the recent increase in the attacks on critical infrastructure of government, said that while his agency has arrested and convicted 50 economic saboteurs, it has lost six officers to the heinous activities of vandals in Lagos and Rivers states between January to date. He gave this indication at a security meeting with officials of the Ministry of Power and the representatives of private electricity owners in Abuja. He said that aside the death recorded, three members of his workforce were also kidnapped by the vandals to scare the corps from carrying out its mandate.Abolurin also admitted that the President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration exposed high level of vandalism in the country and said that it is very sad that the terrain where these pipelines and other infrastructure are installed has made it hard for our officers to effectively secure them.
He said, “Vandalism is presently a cartel business that has taken international dimension, hence the need for us to collaborate so as to effectively stamp out the devastating menace.”
He further stressed the need for government to provide social security by way of mobilising security agencies tasked with the tedious job with advanced technology and advised stakeholders to install internal gadgets at the various points of call to check in house saboteurs.
“The problem we face require complimentary and collaborative efforts. The stakeholders need to find a way out of the problem and as well make public their findings and successes.”
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