‘Jonathan not responsible for drop in power supply’
A group, Nigerian Voices, has urged Nigerians not to blame President Goodluck Jonathan for the recent drop in the power distribution across the country, calling on them to recognise the fact that the drop was occasioned by gas pipeline vandalism.
The group, in a statement signed by its leader, Ken Uwotu, a copy of which was made available to Daily Trust yesterday, noted that its finding has revealed that Nigeria is currently experiencing about 25 percent drop in its power output.
The statement read in part: “Vandalism of oil and gas pipelines cost the nation over $100 billion annually in lost earning; the destruction of gas pipelines which is a recent trend is reported to be the primarily reason for a ‘significant drop’ in power generation experienced across the country in recent days. It is a drop of 25% (from 4000MW to 3000MW) in power output.”
The statement, however, expressed the group’s support for the decision of Federal Government to establish special courts that will facilitate quick prosecution of pipeline vandals and saboteurs and deployment of troops to areas where oil and gas pipeline vandalism frequently occur.
the government show strong leadership and the political will to tackle a very serious problem affecting the economy, it also gives an indication the government is adopting a holistic approach in addressing the issue of pipeline vandalism in order to ensure the smooth transition process from natural gas to electric energy with a view to generating sufficient power output to meet the country’s electricity needs,” the statement added.
Minister of Trade & Investment, Olusegun Aganga