The power sector in Nigeria has lost over N36bn, in less than three weeks, primarily as a result of gas shortage which was caused by the recent and frequent bombing of pipelines supplying gas to electricity generation plants.
The power sector lost a total of N2bn daily as a result of different challenges, with gas accounting for over 85 per cent of the total constraints, specifically, between May 27 and June 13, 2016 (18 days). The electricity supply statistics for Nigeria was last updated on June 13, 2016, as of Friday morning
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has pleaded with various militant groups in the Niger Delta to find another way to ventilate their anger, stressing that the destruction of gas pipelines is counter-productive to Nigeria.
Industry figures obtained from the power ministry as well as other agencies in Abuja showed that the quantum of electricity lost as a result of gas constraint was between 3,483 megawatts and 4,031MW during the captured duration.
The highest single loss in one day, within the period of review, was 4,031MW and this was recorded on June 7, 2016.
The severe power loss due to gas constraint warranted a plunge in the amount of average energy sent out to power consumers within the review period, as figures showed that this was between 2,077MWh/h and 2,774MWh/h.
Further findings showed that the two other challenges that also contributed to daily power losses, though marginal, were line and water management constraints, as both accounted for less than 15 per cent of the total constraints.
Fashola, who spoke recently as a key guest speaker in Abuja, said, “We must culturally educate ourselves that anything that is a public utility is a matter of public ownership. And it must be protected and anybody who tampers with it tampers with all of us. And so, no matter how angry you are, you should find another way to ventilate your anger.”
Fashola said the government has started working on hydro power plants, adding that in future, it would be impossible to hold Nigeria to ransom as a result of vandalism of gas pipelines.
The Executive Director, Association of Nigeria Electricity Distributors, Sunday Oduntan, similarly, said that the vandalism of gas pipelines have slowed the pace of power allocation to Discos, a development that had reduced the amount of electricity supplied to consumers across Nigeria.