Permanent secretary, Ministry of Power, Godknows Igali, has disclosed that the incessant pipeline vamdalism have forced power generation in the country to plunge to 2000mw from 4500mw.
Igali, who made the disclosure at NAPTIN programme for training on meter installation and maintenance to trainees under NAPSAS in Abuja, however, expressed optimism that Nigeria will over come the unfortunate development.
He said the amount of gas available now can give the country more than 6,000mw of electricity, adding that most parts of Nigeria can have power for at least 16 hours with 6,000mw.
The Permanent Secretary said: “Nigerians are not happy because power supply is not enough, whereas, they have to pay for electricity. Why is the supply not enough? It is because some Nigerians go to destroy our pipelines. They don’t allow gas to get to our power plants. We were doing 4,500mw before, but now we are doing about 2,000mw. But we are going to solve that problem. The nation will get over it. It is a phase and we will all get over it,” he said.
“This is as a result of the estimated billing system. For what the power distribution companies do, is to guess, based on the size of a house and approximate and charge you. So the country is going to be embarking on a robust metering scheme.
“The Federal Government is involved in this and it is working with private companies in the sector
According to him, there is a lot of anger among consumers who complain that they don’t get enough electricity, but get outrageous bills.