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Vandalism bane of constant electricity supply - Commission

30 April 2015, 11:16

Abuja - The Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN) on Wednesday said the constant vandalism of electrical facilities was the major challenge to constant power supply in the country.

Professor Eli Bala, the Director-General of the Commission said this in an interview in Abuja.

Bala said that the destruction of pipelines of gas power plants across the country by miscreants had been the cause of power failures.

He added that in spite the vandalism, the commission had continued to contain the damages.

"About 80 per cent of gas pipe lines are lost through vandalism and we should understand that without gas to power electrical facilities there is no power.

"People should look for more acceptable ways of venting their displeasure; it should not be through electrical installations because when that is done citizens suffer for it.

"Stealing of facilities that generate light is also another setback for the commission and that is where we are grateful to our security personnel for helping to reduce this menace," he said.

Bala said that the Ministry of Power and Petroleum Industry was liaising with the security agents to ensure that the issue was resolved very soon.

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He said that another challenge confronting the frequent disruption of power supply was inadequate funding, stressing that the government through the CBN was trying to solve it.

"On the issue of financing, I think government is doing a lot through CBN to assist the industry and a lot of incentives are also being provided by the government which is backed by World Bank.

"All these measures will ensure that the problems in the sector will soon be a thing of the past and we will have steady power.

Bala, however, said that to ensure the availability of electricity, it would take the collaboration and synergy of all citizens, the government, distribution companies and the security agencies.

He added that all hands must be on deck to ensure availability of power for both productive use and consumption purposes.

The commission had organised a summit involving all stakeholders in the sector to review policies and the 2014 electricity master plan designed to tackle developments in the sector.



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