Dr. Doyin Okupe, the Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, on Tuesday attributed the drop in the nation’s power supply to massive sabotage of the nation’s gas pipelines across the country.
Okupe said this led to a loss of 4,000mw and the attendant drop in power supply currently felt by Nigerians.
Okupe told newsmen in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, that the present administration had increased power generation capacity from 2,800 mw to 7,500 mw.
Okupe said the nation was generating about 3,000 mw, the lowest since 2011, due to the gas supply constraints to the power plants.
He stressed that vandals were bent on sabotaging the transformation of the power sector.
According to him, President Jonathan is concerned about the power shortage and had released funds to fix the vandalised pipelines and assured that the situation will improve in the next six weeks.
He said the administration had completed 10 Independent Power Projects it inherited, as well as provided additional 4,000 kilometres of gas pipelines to feed the power plants.
The special adviser said the Federal Government remained committed to improved power supply and had ordered the military to treat pipeline vandalism as a national security challenge.
He promised that Nigerians would enjoy 16 hours to 18 hours of uninterrupted power supply when the repairs of the pipelines were completed and the newly inaugurated power plants resumed generation.
Okupe said the government will effectively address the challenges of oil theft and pipeline vandalism with the $1 billion fund and the establishment of a technical committee on oil theft.