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Blackouts: We have restored collapsed national grid, says Minister

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The Minister of Power, Mr Abubakar Aliyu, has disclosed that the national grid, which collapsed a few days ago, has now been recovered.

According to him, the current power outage across the nation has been occasioned by a number of challenges that are already being addressed.

The Minister, who disclosed this to State House correspondents on Wednesday after a virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by the Vice- President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), bored that several resolutions have emerged from a series of emergency meetings held by the power ministry.

“We have recovered the grid now. The grid is back and we are trying to get more megawatts to push on the grid.

“We have set up small committees all geared towards getting more megawatts to put on the grid. Basically, the problem around gas.

“All the stakeholders have extensively discussed the issues and resolved all bickerings.

“The issues that have contributed to the current power crisis are: collapse of the national grid, scheduled maintenance of facilities, vandalization of pipelines as well as the disputes around the availability of gas and payment for gas contracts between gas companies and power generating companies.

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“The more reason we are facing the situation now is as a result of the shortage of gas and some of the generators have to go to maintenance.

“It is a scheduled maintenance and it is supposed to be scheduled outage, but we had not envisaged that we will have issues around vandalization of pipelines which the NNPC has addressed as you can see evidently everywhere, aviation fuel, and petrol in the filling stations.

“It is a combination of many factors that compounded the problem we are having on the grid,” Aliyu said.

The minister added:“You need to have gas contract between generating companies and gas suppliers- some are form contracts, some are not.

“We are looking into this and have proffered some solutions in some few days to mature.”

The Minister, however, clarified the issue of the quantity of generated electricity in the country.

“We have capacity of 8,000 megawatts; the one on the grid, imbedded and captive. If you combine all of them, you will get these problems that we are encountering.

“We are on top of the challenge and very soon, we will come out of it.”

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