Array of questions have welcomed the appeal of the Honourable Minister for Power, Saleh Mamman, over the power outage crisis across the nation.
Earlier today, the Minister announced that the power outage was due to the breakdown of 8 National Integrated Power Plants supplying electricity to the national grid.
“I sincerely regret the recent Power outages across the Nation and the difficulties it has brought with it, and wish to assure my Fellow Nigerians that everyone involved is working assiduously to restore the National grid to its previous historical levels and exceed that.
“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 hydroelectric power plant has water management issues.”
The minister’s excuse have attracted a lot of questions from many concerned Nigerians on social media.
Evans on Twitter said “how can 8 power plants breakdown at once? Maintenance isn’t ongoing in those places at all? In this very hot heat period make una fear God na 🙄”
@afamsson said “I received March 2021 bill from Ikeja Electric yesterday. It was same bill we paid for February, why do we have to pay for darkness when the national grid is down? Fancy words are good but we need actions, people are rightly provoked, tell Disco to apply wisdom to avoid stories.”
@cabeecroft also tweeted “in other words, the whole system has collapsed. Having an hour or less of power in a 24hr cycle in this unforgiving heat is indescribable. Why have all the systems gone offline all at once?”
Jamila Yusuf tweeted “why come up with late explanation? Couldn’t he have told us this even before we start experiencing the epileptic power supply?”
Alabo Biobele Esq. said “Imagine having 8 generators in your private house and yet no one is working, you have to go to bed without Electricity, how did things get this bad? What happened when the first one broke down, the second followed, then the third and the fourth why was nothing done till 8?”
@trolls_queen said “Why should Nigeria experience gas shortage with all the abundance of gas and it’s technology we have? What’s this sabotage the Ministry is not telling us about? Why should the present day Power section experience these embarrassment, Sir? Why all these? What’s really going on?”