The Nigerian government has explained that the epileptic power supply experienced in the country is a result of reduced water supply to the dams caused by the dry season.
The Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu gave the update on Thursday during the ministerial press briefing in Abuja organized by the presidential media team.
He said this has led to massive load sheddings across various locations in the country including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Apart from the water situation, the Minister added that the ongoing maintenance works on some power plants around the country also contributed to the reduced power supply.
“I would like to discuss the increased load shedding. You may have observed in Abuja and other areas in the country. With the reduction in hydro capacity during the dry season, additional loads need to be taken up by our gas plants,” he said.
“We are having maintenance work in the eastern axis around Odupami, leading to reduced power supply from the usually reliable NDPHC Calabar power plant, and we are having challenges at Okoloma gas station linked to AFAM 6 power plant,” he added.
Aliyu was however optimistic that the challenges would soon end and things will return to normal as the government is working with the NNPC and other gas suppliers to make gas available for power generation.
“We are working with NNPC and other gas suppliers. Also to improve the pressure on the western axis, and that is precluding this unit from reaching optimum supply. These challenges are surmountable.”