FG Blames Epileptic Power Supply On Vandalisation of Transformers

The Federal Government, Monday, blamed the epileptic power supply in the country on vandals who sabotage pipelines supplying gas to power stations as well as transformers.

Minister of Power, Professor Nebo Chinedu who disclosed this after a joint meeting of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company and the National Council on Privatisation said such acts of sabotage could only be attributed to ‘madness or being politically motivated’.

The Minister who joined the governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam to address newsmen at the end of the meeting said the recurrent vandalism of gas pipelines to power plants which has led to the disruption in electricity generation was not an attack on government but on Nigerians who bear the brunt of power disruption.

According to the minister, the condensate extracted from the pipelines which appears to be the only attraction for these vandals attract no substantial commercial value.

The minister said the western axis of the pipelines network has been worst-hit but assured the public that urgent repairs are ongoing.

Apart from the vandalisation of pipelines, the minister also attributed the decline in power supply to the reduction in water levels at the nation’s hydro-electricity power plants and vandalisation of transformers.

He said “It is important to note that with regard to the busting of gas pipelines and vandalism of pipelines that bring gas, there isn’t any significant commercial value behind the action. It is sheer madness or may be essentially politically motivated just to cause damage to the country and to Nigerians. The ones that we find to be commercially motivated are so very painful.

“The reason for people to carry out this act of vandalism is within them, because it is something that is beyond explanation, it is consistent, some people try to vandalize for all kinds of reasons, why they engage in this act of sabotage.

“I agree with you that many serious arrests have been made, just like the issue of crude oil theft that is going on in this country. I think the seriousness given to this by the Federal Government to make sure that they arrest whoever that is involved in this act of sabotage is something that should give comfort to Nigerians otherwise, the efforts and the huge amount of money being expended by government to ensure Nigerians enjoy constant supply of electricity is being sabotaged by some unknown individuals whose motivation is actually not known to anybody, except to say that this is an act of madness. Any reasonable person should rejoice on the fact that the things that are given to Nigerians should be protected by all Nigerians” he said.

source: Vanguard

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