The Minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman, Thursday, apologised to Nigerians over the power outages being experienced across the country.
The development, according to the statement, was caused by the breakdown of some National Integrated Power Plants supplying electricity to the national grid.
The affected plants are: Sapele, Afam,Olonrunsogo, Omotosho, Ibom, Egbin, Alaoji and Ihovbor.
The minister in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Aaron Artimas, in Abuja, also disclosed that the Jeba power plant was also shutdown for an annual maintenance.
He said seven other integrated power plants, namely; Geregu, Sepele, Omotosho, Gbarain, Omuku, Paras and Alaoji were experiencing gas constraints while the Shiroro plant had water management problems.
“The Ministry of Power is not unaware of the current power outages/shortages bedeviling many parts of the country. The problem is caused by the breakdown of some National Integrated Power Plants supplying electricity to the national grid.
“The plants are namely, Sapele, Afam,Olonrunsogo, Omotosho, Ibom, Egbin, Alaoji and Ihovbor. The Jebba Power Plant was shut down for annual maintenance. Seven other integrated Power plants, namely Geregu, Sepele, Omotosho, Gbarain, Omuku, Paras and Alaoji are experiencing gas constraints while the Shiroro plant has water management problems. “This unfortunate development has drastically affected power generation, thus effectivelyminimizing the national grid. In view of this, The Hon Minister of Power Engr Sale Mamman regrets this unfortunate situation and offers his sincere apology to all affected Nigerians on the inconveniences the Power shortages are causing.
” He assures that the ministry through the appropriate Agencies is working assiduously to rectify the technical problems affecting the plants as well as resolving the gas issues to the others”, he said.