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Nigeria’s overall electricity generation has dropped to an unprecedented low of 1,327 megawatts, the Ministry of Power said Friday, a week before the transfer of power from President Goodluck Jonathan to President-elect Muhammadu Buhari.
As at 12 noon Friday, most key power plants in the country, including those located at Utorogu, Chevron Oredo, Oben gas-fired power plants, were all shut down, while Ughelli and Chevron Escravos power plant were all isolated already, the ministry said.
Power output had dropped from a recent peak of 4,500MW on April 3, to 2,800 as of March 30.
The ministry said on the eastern axis, Shell Gas, Alakiri plants were shut down.
Other affected power plants include National Integrated Power Plants (NIPPs) – Egbin, Olorunshogo 1 & 11, Omotosho 1& 11, Geregu I & 11, Ihonvor and Sapele on the western axis and Alaoji on the eastern end.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, Godknows Igali, raised the alarm over the worsening power generation across the country during a meeting with Vice-President Namadi Sambo in Abuja.
Mr. Igali and the Minister of Power, Chinedu Nebo, had briefed the Vice President on the current state of the power generation, transmission and distribution in the country.
He said the ongoing strike by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG), which began on Tuesday, was responsible for the worsening supply.