The Federal Ministry of power has blamed the fall in electricity supply in the country on vandals.
Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Godknows Igali according to Punch, stated this at a budget defense before the Senate Committee on Power.
He said: “Once we go above 4,000 mega watts, people bring us down to 2000; there is no country where its own citizens will go and blow up gas pipelines.
“If these vandals can allow this gas to flow, we will get to over 6000 megawatts”.
Dr Igali expressed optimism that electricity generation in Nigeria would hit 6,000 mega watts in 2015 if vandalism is effectively addressed by relevant security agencies.
He said, “Going into 2015, Nigerians will have more electricity; all the new owners of the plants are pumping in more money and generating more power.
He noted that the power sector had been attracting the highest amount of investor confidence while there was massive training of young people.
It would be recalled that last week several Abuja communities marked one year of uninterrupted power supply due to the launch of the Operation Light-up Rural Nigeria (OLRN).
Professor Chinedu Nebo, the Minister of Power, said the project ensures effective power supply to the rural communities located far from the grid adding that it embodied the success of President Goodluck Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda.