Lagos - Egbin Power, the country’s largest power generating station, has justified the amber security alert it issued amid a conflict with workers.
The company is embroiled in a dispute with workers over payment of compensation.
Kola Adesina, Board Chairman of the energy firm, said the alert was unavoidable in light of security reports illegal occupants on the facility in Ijede planned to disrupt operations and destroy property.
It was reported undocumented residents had continued to occupy the plant’s housing estate illegally since the new management took over late 2013, a development he said was a huge setback to the housing needs and productivity of the company’s bona fide staff.
He added that the security in place was to forestall acts if sabotage and safeguard lives and property at the nation’s foremost power generation facility.
“Egbin is quite critical to the operations of the power sector as it contributes about 25 per cent of total power generated in the nation,” said Adesina.
“We can report that although the Amber security alert is still in on, the situation is under control and all relevant stakeholders are working towards ensuring hitch-free operations and engendering an enabling environment for meeting the timelines we have in place for completing the unfolding transformation of Egbin Power Plant.”
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He enjoined all stakeholders to work together in the national interest for progress to be made in a sustainable manner.
A amber security alert is issued when specific information received suggest a substantial threat to targets.
Adesina meanwhile pledged its commitment to enhance out its transformation and expansion programme on its plant in an effort to accelerate the country’s drive towards sustainable power supply.
He said the company was on the verge of returning the power station to its installed capacity of 1320mw and subsequently commence plans to double Egbin’s generation capacity.
“Our greatest achievement apart from the upgrade we have done on the six units of the plant is the new attitude to work by every member of staff as they have all bought into the dream of delivering sustainable and reliable power to Nigeria by going the extra mile,” he said.
- CAJ News