‘Jonathan not re­spon­si­ble for drop in power sup­ply’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Nu­rudeen Oye­wole, La­gos

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.

“These

ac­tions

by

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

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