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FG assures of enough gas for power plants

By Daniel Idonor
ABUJA—NIGERIANS may soon heave a sigh of relief from the epileptic electric power supply as the Presidency, yesterday, assured that it has sourced sufficient to power the old power generating plants across the country
Acting Presidential spokesman, Mr. Ima Niboro, who briefed state house correspondents, moments after a strategic meeting of the Presidential Committee on Power, said the good news was coming from the Ministers of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke.
“The Petroleum Minister gave us some good news that we now have sufficient gas to power our traditional power stations. So that will lead to some considerable improvement in power in the next few months,” he said.

Getting gas

On strategies being adopted by the government in the area of getting gas supply he said, “well, this is also part of the gains of the amnesty process. If you follow the trends there have been fewer disruptions in production processes and that has brought gas into the system.”

According to Noboro, who is also the Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, government is also looking into ways of increasing the nation’s power supply through agro-power,  commonly available in parts of the North and West.

“We also looked at the issue of agro-power which dot most parts of the North and South-West. Many of them are structurally completed. What is required are  the turbines and we looked at those issues and we are going to make sure that those turbines are put in place so that in the next few months they can be up and running,” he added.

He confirmed that in recent times there has been some improvement in power supply, saying “I am sure even now you would have noticed some improvement. But within the next few months, if we are able to get these dams up and running like we intend to, there will be some marks of improvement. And we must also note that we now have sufficient gas.

“Though I would not be able to tell you in specific terms the quantity in cubit feet, but we have sufficient gas. In fact, we have a little more that are available for the traditional power plants.”

On some restructuring within the power sector, Niboro hinted that “there is a new power structure coming on stream and the Acting President is going to appoint technical assistants who will handle different critical areas of power, technical assistant for generation, transmission and so on.

“So this is just part of the meeting. The Presidential Committee on Power briefed the Acting President on how far it has gone. Generally we are moving forward on the issue of power. Many of them are small 30-40MW.  By the time you put them together you will see that there will be a lot of power going into the national grid.”

On cabinet meetings

He also offered explanations why the weekly cabinet meeting did not hold yesterday, saying “the ministers just came on board and the council meeting is not a social meeting. It is a meeting where ministers present memos for consideration and approvals by government and the minister who is just one week on his desk is not likely to give you any memo.

“Any memo he gives now will likely be that of his predecessor or something like that so he has to study the situation, study his memo and get to have his own input on them, own the process and then present to the council as his memo.

“That is why the meeting was stepped down but the meeting is going to continue on weekly basis,” he said.


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