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28 February 2014

Nigeria: State Shortlists 42 Bidders to Purchase 10 Power Plants

On the epileptic supply of electricity in some parts of the country, Mr. Suswam said efforts had been intensified to address the problems by the appropriate authorities.

"There are difficulties in any transition," the governor said.

"Since Independence, government has controlled the monopoly of power generation and distribution. This is the first time that they are going to transit from government to private sector.

"So, you should ordinarily expect some teething problems. These teething problems are being addressed by the ministry of power.

According to Mr. Suswam, some of the generating companies are experiencing some hiccups with gas supply which is being attended to in conjunction with the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, and the Ministry of Power.

He criticised the vandalism of crude pipelines for material gains.

This is purely sabotage because in crude, people who vandalise these crude pipelines are lifting the oil and selling it.

"But when you vandalise the gas pipelines, there is no way you can scoop it. It is like air.

"These are people who are economic saboteurs and they should be treated as such," he added.

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