The special adviser to the President on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe, has attributed the loss of 4,000mw of electricity and the resultant drop in the nation’s power supply to massive sabotage of the nation’s gas pipelines across the country.
Okupe who was speaking with newsmen in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, said the nation was generating about 3,000mw, the lowest since 2011 due to gas supply constraints to the power plants.
According to him, President Goodluck Jonathan is worried 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 and remained committed to improved power supply across the country.
Okupe said President Jonathan has also ordered the military to treat pipeline vandalism as a national security challenge and assured that very soon, Nigerians would enjoy between16 to 18 hours of uninterrupted power supply.