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Nigerian govt gives reason for inadequate power supply

The Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu, on Wednesday blamed the country’s inability to produce up to 5,000 megawatts of electricity on lack of gas supply, IgbereTV reports

The minister spoke with State House correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.

Aliyu’s remark came just one month after the ministry assured Nigerians that the country’s power generation would reach 5,000MW.

He said: “Regarding the drop in electricity, yes, you know, the supply has so many players. The issue of gas to some power is a complex one. They cannot switch on their plant, if they do you will experience some drop once they switch on, and the electricity will increase.

“There may be a drop due to the fault of the generator and the electricity may drop. It’s mostly generation. I’ve been watching since like yesterday (Tuesday) evening, we had a generation of around 4,600 megawatts. And you know, we told you since 1st July, that we’ll be able to raise it to 5000 when we activate the contract.”

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