The federal government has apologized to Nigerians for the ongoing power outages and shortages in different parts of the country.
The Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, expressed remorse for the unfortunate situation and apologized to all affected Nigerians for the inconveniences caused by the power outages in a series of tweets on Thursday.
The Minister of Power explained in a statement on Thursday that the failure of some National Integrated Power Plants (NIPPs) supplying electricity to the national grid was to blame.
According to Aaron Artimas the special adviser to the Minister on media and communication listed the affected plants to include Sapele, Afam, Olonrunsogo, Omotosho, Ibom, Egbin, Alaoji, and Ihovbor due to shutting down of Jebba Power Plant for annual maintenance and the Shiroro Power Plant on it’s part was experiencing water management issues. He also said that gas shortages was also affecting Geregu, Sepele, Omotosho, Gbarain, Omuku, Paras, and Alaoji integrated power plants.
The state of the plants, according to Airtimes, has had a significant impact on power generation, essentially reducing the national grid.
However, he assured Nigerians that the ministry is getting appropriate agencies which was working diligently to address the technical issues affecting the plants, as well as the gas issues affecting the others.
The minister stated that the national grid will be restored to its previous historic distribution peak of about 5,600MW of electricity, which was achieved early 2021, in order to relieve Nigerians of the current harsh climatic conditions and restore maximum economic activity.