Nationwide blackout: National grid restored, says Minister of Power

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Abubakar Aliyu, Minister of Power, has said that the national grid, which collapsed twice in two days ago, has now been fully restored.

The minister disclosed this while speaking with state house correspondents after the federal executive council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential villa on Wednesday in Abuja.

The national electricity grid suffered a system collapse twice this week.

Aliyu explained that the current power outage across the nation is due to several challenges.

He, however, said the problems are already being addressed.

“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,” the minister said.

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

“Basically, the problem is around gas. You need to have a gas contract between generating companies and gas suppliers — some are from contracts, some are not. We are looking into this and have proffered some solutions in some few days to mature”.

The minister also spoke on the issue of the quantity of generated electricity in the country, saying “we have the capacity of 8,000 megawatts — the one on the grid, embedded 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,” he added.

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