29 March 2016, Lagos – Millions of Nigerians had their Easter celebrations in darkness as power generation in Nigeria has dropped further to 2,620 megawatts.
While focus has been on the fuel shortages, it appears Nigerians have taken for granted the daily drop in power outages, without explanation by the supervisory agencies.
Out of this, Ikeja Electric got 393.14MW, Abuja was allocated 301.40MW, Eko Electricity Distribution Company got 288.30MW, Benin Electricity Company and Enugu Electricity Company got 235.88 each. Allocation to other distribution companies are as follows: Ibadan, 340.72MW, Jos, 144.15MW, Kano, 209.67 MW, Kaduna, 209.67MW, Port Harcourt, 170.36MW and Yola, 91.73MW.
While focus has been on fuel scarcity for some time now, power generation has continued to drop without any cogent reason from the supervising agencies.
The deterioration incidentally has continued since President Muhammadu Buhari made the pronouncement that the country will achieve 10,000MW of electricity by 2019 or over 3,333MW. Apart from the President, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, had also promised that power generation would increase this year by 2,000 megawatts.
Fashola who stated while defending the Ministry’s budget before the Senate Committee on Power and Mines, added that a lot had changed in the management of power.