A document from the Nigerian Gas Association (NGA) has shown that gas supply to the domestic market will record a shortfall of 2.9 billion standard cubic feet per day(bscf/d) by 2020. According to the data, from next year, the base case gas supply won’t meet up the power demand projection. NGA noted that it has identified seven big projects that need to commence immediately to bridge the supply gap up.
The gas projects are the Escravos-Lagos pipeline 11, Obiafu/Obrikom-Oben Pipeline, and others, which are under tender stage including Odidi-Warri Expansion Pipeline, Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano Pipeline that will be built through public, private partnership(PPP) and QIT-Obigbo-OB/OB pipeline which will also be built through PPP.
Makurdi electricity customers kick over crazy bills
Electricity consumers in Makurdi, the Benue State Capital have expressed their worry over huge energy bills from the Jos Electricity Distribution (JED) Plc. Many residents have described the situation as annoying and fraudulent. The consumers stated that their grief was because they do not get value for their money with several epileptic supplies of electricity and total blackout for the most of the month.
Baaki Matthew Ayuka, the Vice Chairman of JED customer’s consultative forum in the area confirmed the outage and exploitation hinting a possible protest by the forum.
Investigations by the Daily Trust have shown that some customers in the same environs pay about 50 percent of the high bills with their prepaid meters, while the other prepaid meter users protest exploitative reset of the meters by the Disco. They claim it is fast credit consumption.
Concerns mount over low budget allocation, private sector engagement
Professionals in the sector have expressed grave concerns on the workability of the N715 billion allocation to the ministries of Power, Works, and Housing. On May 16, the National Assembly passed the appropriation bill into law after spending about six months with the Legislature.
The chairman of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, (NSE); Dr. Ombugadu Garba lamented that the major problem in the sector was lack of full implementation of allocations meant to cater for the needs of Nigerians. He stated that the government should rather ensure all the budgetary allocations for infrastructure totaling N715 billion to Power, works and housing, are duly implemented to add value to the lives of Nigerians.