The federal government has said that it has met 5,500 megawatts in power generation, This Day reports. This disclosure was made at a joint press briefing by the Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo and Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswam at the end of the last meeting of the Board of Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) Ltd, held at the vice presidential wing of the presidential villa.
According to Nebo, Jonathan’s administration had achieved a minimum electricity generation capacity of 5,500 megawatts, despite unrelenting sabotage of oil and gas pipelines by vandals.
He noted that government was losing N120 million monthly and N1.5 billion yearly to repairs of vandalised pipelines. Nebo stressed that deliberate vandalism of pipelines every two weeks resulted in the nation losing about 1,600 megawatts of electricity at a particular time.
The minister charged the incoming government of Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) to step up security surveillance of the petroleum pipelines in the country, as well as consider the digitalisation of the surveillance system.
He also added; “Four power plants have been completed and will be commissioned in the next couple of weeks; Sapele is one of them, Ihobor is another one. And hopefully and by the grace of God, we intend to do the commissioning very soon so that Nigerians will enjoy even more, the benefits of what the current administration has done in the power sector”.