Fashola On Power Outages: Power Not Enough For Distribution To Nigerians


The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, yesterday said there is currently not enough power to distribute unless more turbines are switched on.

This is just as he attributed the recent power outages in some parts of the country to four turbines, which went down yesterday morning.

He, however, expressed optimism that the situation will stabilize as three of the four turbines have been restored.
“Yesterday morning we had some outages in Jebba but I am happy to report now that all the four turbines that were down, three have been restored, so there is stability now.

“It is important why the power coming from Aba is defining, its part of what I’ve spoken about. There is not enough power in the country.

“So how do you share what is not enough such that everybody gets enough? It’s difficult, if not impossible.

“So, what we need to do is to get more power on. So, about 200 megawatts coming from there is good news for the market”, Fashola said.

The Minister also expressed confidence that President Muhammadu Buhari’s 10,000 megawatts target over the next three years would be met.

He, however, decried acts of vandalism, which he says is causing some of the energy problems in the country.

“Everyone of us must contribute something now to solve the problem; it a problem we can solve. That will reduce the number of people who are contributing to being the problem.

“So those who are vandalizing electricity assets, those who are selling stolen cable, those who are not paying their bills and those diverting electricity are all problems”, the minister stated.


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