12 August 2012, Sweetcrude, ABUJA – FEDERAL Ministry of Power says reports claiming that the Shiroro dam supplying water to the Shiroro hydro station has been shut down by the union of junior workers are false.
“Shiroro is working impressively. On the day the false and misleading reports appeared, it was generating 550 megawatts out of the designed capacity of 600MW,”the ministry said in a statement in Abuja.
The statement by the special assistant (media) to the minister, Ogbuagu Anikwe, said: “In fact, it is doing better than the 760MW Kainji hydro power plant built in 1968 but had not been overhauled until now.
“Shiroro is a major contributor to the unprecedented quantum of 4,237MW plus 70MW spinning reserve which the nation has been generating since Monday, August 7, 2012, to the delight of all our people.
We are very much aware that there are some elements viciously opposed to improved electricity supply and are working in cahoots with forces benefiting from the corrupt and decadent order which has for decades kept the nation down.