The federal government has attributed the country’s escalating power outage to terrorists who damage electricity infrastructure around the nation.
This was said by the Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu, in a press conference with journalists on June 29 at the Presidential Villa following the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, which was presided over by Vice President Yemi-Osinbajo.
Aliyu expressed sadness over the fact that terrorists’ ongoing damage to the electrical grid was negatively hurting the ability to supply electricity to people. He notably discussed incidents where he claimed terrorists were continuing to assault power facilities in the North East, North West, and North Central after repeated repairs.
We experience both indirect and direct effects from vandalism on our lines, stations, and substations; yet, the infrastructure is not directly our property.
In the same way that vandalism near oil pipelines affects gas supply—without gas, you can’t generate megawatts of power—when generators stop producing power, you know what that means.
We face many difficulties, but we aren’t losing sleep over them. We are active and dealing with them as they arise. Some of them we have already brought down, while others we are still bringing down.
In this industry, there are a lot of players, and a lot of people are given tasks. In reality, some people intervene even when they are not given any authority. So, in order to ensure that we stop everything in its tracks, we are working nonstop. Consider the Maiduguri issue you brought up in specifically. Yes, we were able to bring electricity back to Maiduguri by thinking creatively, and the residents are happy about it.