The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation have said repair work on the Escravos-Lagos Pipeline, which was razed by fire on January 2, 2018, has been completed with the resumption of gas supply to customers.
Fashola noted that in the first few days of the New Year, the power sector suffered a setback, which was caused by a damage to the gas supply network around Okada in Edo State.
According to him, power users in various parts of the country have been calling him to report how they now save money as a result of the increased hours of supply they receive on a daily basis.
Speaking at the 23rd power sector monthly meeting in Lafia, Nasarawa State, the minister stated, “The feedback I get from Nigerians is that you (power providers) are impacting the lives of Nigerians; you are saving them money and changing their lifestyles for the better.
“They tell me that their consumption of diesel and petrol to run generators for power has reduced and the hours they run their generators have gradually reduced.
They also tell me that they are now monitoring how they use power and are turning off appliances that are not needed.
Although this is meant to save costs, it also conserves energy, reduces waste and supports incremental power.”
The minister said power generation and transmission capacities were now about 7,000MW, while distribution was around 5,000MW.
He stated that the operators in the sector were able to increase power generation and supply in the last three months despite the dry season period, as opposed to previous situations.
The development, he said, was due to improvements in gas supply to power generation companies, noting that the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission was working on a regulation that would further enhance power supply.
Fashola stated, “In the last three months, we have increased the supply of power in the dry weather and people’s experience with power was better.
The cynics who used to say that it is only during the rains that power improves now see that what we have done is no fluke.
“We are also putting together a policy position to help expand the distribution network of the Discos and use this to distribute the 2,000MW that is currently available but cannot be distributed.
I also use the opportunity to call out to manufacturers to let us know where they are, how much power they need, and how we can connect them because we have 2,000MW of undistributed power.”