Power Generation Dips by 1800mw

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Nigerians may continue to experience power outage, fol­lowing a drop in power genera­tion from 4,500megawatts to 2,700 megawatts.

This was disclosed, on Thurs­day, in Abuja, by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, Amb. Godknows Igali. He told journalists after briefing the Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy that gas and crude oil pipeline vandals were responsible for the drastic drop in power generation.

He said the high rate of vandali­sation carried out by vandals on both oil and gas pipelines across the country, within the last five weeks, have made the country to lose 1,800 megawatts of power generation, which was 4,500mega­watts as at April 4.

He added that as a way of pre­venting them from throwing the entire country into darkness, se­curity agencies have swung into action against the vandals, with 200 of them already arrested and awaiting prosecution.

He said: “We have been able to explain to electricity consumers that the current power outage is as a result of high rate of pipeline vandalisation. They vandalise both the crude pipelines and gas pipelines on daily basis”.

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