By Abah Adah, Abuja
An average of 3,166 meggawat of power is currently unavailable to the national grid due to gas shortages caused by pipeline vandalism, a recent report on the power sector has indicated.
This was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the 9th monthly meeting of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola with operators of the Power Sector, held at the Sokoto Independent Power Project site, Sokoto State.
Reacting to current reports of 3,500MWh/h delivered by the national grid, which represents a steady improvement over the past few months, the meeting, which was chaired by the minister, however, commended the progress made in delivering incremental power, adding that the remaining vandalised gas pipelines will shortly be repaired for further improvement.
The meeting which focused on identifying, discussing and finding practical solutions to critical issues facing the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) had the operators fully represented at the highest executive management levels, including managing directors and chief executives officers of Generating Companies (GenCos), Distribution Companies (DisCos), and the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), as well as various government agencies.
The meeting equally acknowledged some improvements in response rates by Distribution Companies to customer complaints, notably resolving issues in Udu community in Delta State (Benin DisCo), Rainbow College Ota (Ibadan DisCo) and other locations in other Distribution Companies around the country, while expressing anticipation of continued improvements in dispute resolution procedure with customers.
The need for the transmission system and the distribution companies to ensure all incremental power added to national grid is evacuated and delivered to customers as appropriate was also stressed.
The gathering equally acknowledged the liquidity problem facing the industry, which it noted was multidimensional and central to the survival, growth and sustainability of the industry, noting that the issues require more intensive and extensive metering and payment of MDA bills of which steps to address the issues are being taken.