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Minister apologizes to Nigerians for power outages

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By Constance Athekame

Energy Minister Sale Mamman has apologized to Nigerians for the current blackouts in many parts of the country.

Aaron Airtimas, senior special adviser on media and communications to the Minister of Energy, said this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

Mamman said he regretted this unfortunate situation and offered his sincere apologies to all affected Nigerians for the inconvenience the power shortages are causing them.

He assured Nigerians that the ministry, through the appropriate agencies, was working diligently to address the technical and gas issues affecting the factories.

Mamman said the Energy Ministry is not unaware of the current blackouts affecting parts of the country.

“The problem is caused by the breakdown of some of the integrated national power plants supplying electricity to the national grid.

“The factories include Sapele, Afam, Olonrunsogo, Omotosho, Ibom, Egbin, Alaoji and Ihovbor.

“The Jebba power plant has been closed for annual maintenance,” he said.

According to him, seven other integrated plants, namely Geregu, Sepele, Omotosho, Gbarain, Omuku, Paras and Alaoji are experiencing gas constraints, while the Shiroro plant had water management problems.

The minister further promised that the national grid would be restored to its previous peak of distribution of around 5,600 MW of electricity reached at the beginning of this year.

He said it was to relieve Nigerians from the current harsh climatic conditions and to fully restore their economic activities. (NOPE)

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