Leadership (Abuja)

10 April 2013

Nigeria: There Will Be More Power Outages During Raining Season - Official

Mr Mike Uzoigwe, the Chief Executive Officer, Egbin Power Station, on Wednesday said that there would be more power outages arising from system collapse during the raining season.

Uzoigwe told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that system collapse was always rampant during the raining season.

"Heavy rains usually escalate the problems associated with power generation.

"And when there is a fault, it affects some of the lines that link all the stations, causing instability in the grid. "

He said that a fault in one of the stations could affect the national grid.

According to him, the government needs to build more power stations to bring about stability in the generation of electricity.

"When there is increase in power generation, a fault in one of the stations will not lead to collapse of our system.

"That is why government wants to privatise the power sector.

"Privatisation of the sector will give room for more people and their monies to build power stations.

An authoritative source told NAN that the system collapse on Tuesday caused the Egbin Power Station's output to drop from 900 mega watts to 479 mega watts.

NAN reports that the overall national power generation which stood at 4, 350 mega watts in February has dropped to 2, 868.4 mega watts.

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