Daily Trust (Abuja)

6 January 2013

Nigeria: Jonathan Did Not Lie On Power Generation - Dagogo-Jack

The Presidential Task Force on Power (PTFP) has said that President Goodluck Jonathan did not lie on the nation's power generation figure as published by an online media which erroneously misinterpreted the President's press briefing held last November.

A statement issued by the PTFP explained that "the President made mention of the 5000MW generation profile achieved and immediately went on to clarify that owing to transmission constraints not all of this can be evacuated for now.

"It is important to note that since that interview we have achieved over 6,300 MW in available generation and have hit a peak of 4517MW in evacuated power. So where is the lie?" the statement queried.

The PTFP Chairman, Engr. Beks Dagogo-Jack, explained that there was "a difference between the impressive increase we have recorded in available generation which is in itself a worthy progress and the actual power we can wheel on any given day based on the transmission and gas limitations".

Dagogo-Jack, who referred to the article as "a mischievous misinterpretation of what Mr President said and meant and a disrespect to the office of the President, said the average generation profile, which signifies the power that can be generated and made available on a given day, is well over 5,000 MW while the average evacuated power profile, which is power actually evacuated to consumers on any given day, is approximately 4,400 MW.

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