Minister of Power, Chinedu Nebo

The Federal Government has expressed concern over the spate of vandalism of gas and oil facilities in parts of the country describing it as either sheer madness or politically motivated.
The Minister of Power, Chinedu Nebo, explained on Monday in Abuja that it was difficult to find any other reasons for the vandalism as most of the times the items extracted from the pipelines or transformers vandalised are of no commercial value.

Speaking at the Presidential Villa during a joint meeting of the National Council on Privatisation (NCP) and the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), the minister said “It is important to also note that with the regards to the bursting of gas pipelines and vandalisation the pipelines that bring gas, here 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 entire country and to Nigerians.

“The ones that we find to be commercially oriented are so very painful in the sense that one of our DISCOs. Why these young men steal from the transformers are copper when you now put the total sum of the most recent one that they vandalized, all the copper they collected that they will sell as scrap was not worth up to N10,000, but in the interim they have knocked off one million people from power supply and also of course it caused the DISCO N27 million to fix the damage.”

He said the FG was appealing to the entire citizenry to be their brothers? keeper, “protect what belongs to all of us, protect Nigeria from these vandals.

 Nebo also noted that some months ago the Western axis of the gas pipeline leading to the plants in the West were cannibalised, resulting in very severe damages and drop in power supply.
He added said a couple of weeks ago the Akoloma plant in the Eastern axis was vandalised and the damage was extensive. Nebo lamented that this act of vandalism is the reason for power drop in parts of the country in addition to the low level of water in Kainji, Shiroro and Jebba dams, which need to be properly managed so that power plants can operate.

 Vice President Namadi Sambo, who chaired the meeting also noted that the action by the vandals have impacted negatively on the output of electricity supply in the country.
He noted that the effort of the administration is to achieve 10,000MW of electricity by 2014 and 20,000MW by 2016.  He therefore appealed to every Nigerian to support the effort to make the country a great nation.
On the issue of power outage in parts of the country, Sambo said he has asked the Petroleum Minister and her counterpart in the Power sector, to inform Nigerians whenever maintenance is carried out and such maintenance should be done in a way it would not affect power supply.
The Board also considered and approved some prayers put before it.
Earlier, the Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, who is also the Chairman of Joint Technical Committee, briefed the meeting on the report of the Expression of Interest (EOI) and said the Committee received 110 submissions of EOI and passed 82, amounting to about 386 expression of interest on various plants.
Suswam said: ?We have about 46 consortia and were shortlisted for Bariam power plant; we have 44 consortia expressed interest and were short listed for Benin, 42 were short listed for Omotosho, 41 for Egbema, 41 for Omoku, 39 for Geregu, 37 for Calabar and 36 for Ogwurode, 30 for Olaoji, 30 for Oloronshogo, amounting to 386.?


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