There have been complaints in most states of the federation about a reduction in the supply of electricity. Street Journal has gathered that the reduction was caused by a drop in power generation. Findings revealed that the dip in generation had been a gradual event and it reached 3,443 MW on Tuesday from the 4, 517 MW peak that was attained in December 2012, indicating a loss of 1,074 MW.
Investigations have revealed that the drop in power generation has its root cause in the low supply of gas to the thermal stations.
There have been complaints from the Lagos axis as power supply has worsened lately, the story is similar in Ibadan where power supply is apparently shared between different areas of the city. some areas in Ring Road get to use light for a maximum of 4 hours a day and it is on a rotational basis. As lights go off in some areas, they come on in other areas.
Street Journal’s correspondents report that in Lekkii Phase 1 in Lagos, there has been no power supply for a week, the situation is the same in Festac Town, parts of Ayobo, Ogba, St. Finbarr’s Road, Akoka and Kilo in Surulere. Residents of Magodotoo have been in the dark for a week.
Ebute Metta too has been in darkness for about three weeks while residents of Ogudu shared tales of similar experiences.
The Assistant Director, Press in the Ministry of Power, Mrs Pat Deworitshe attributed the low power generation to a “general system collapse”. She however stated that efforts were already on to rectify the faults which Street Journal gathered were mainly from the Egbin Power Plant which serves Lagos and environs.