…As Taraba Govt drums support of Mambilla Hydro Project host communities***
Electricity Generation Companies (GenCos) comprising gas-fired and hydro stations have attributed their inability to generate 3,067.5 megawatts of electricity on Monday to unavailability of gas.
This information was disclosed in a daily energy report by the Advisory Power Team, Office of the Vice President in Abuja on Tuesday.
The report also noted that 135.4 megawatts of electricity was not generated due to unavailability of transmission infrastructure during the period.
It said that 1028.5 megawatt was not generated due to high frequency resulting from unavailability of distribution infrastructure.
The report, however, said the GenCos released an average of 3,908 MegaWatts per Hour of electricity into the national grid on Monday.
It said the electricity sent out by the GenCos was down by 21.72 megawatts from the 3,929 released on Sunday.
The report said that 245 megawatts was recorded as loses due to water management procedures.
The report revealed that the power sector lost an estimated N2,149 billion on Monday due to insufficient gas supply, distribution and transmission infrastructure.
On sector reform and activities, it said that the dominant constraint for Monday was unavailability of gas.
The report said the peak generation attained on Monday was 4,658.5 megawatts.
In the meantime, Gov. Darius Ishaka of Taraba says the support and cooperation of members of host communities will be instrumental to the successful completion of Mambilla hydro electricity project.
Ishaku stated this during the inaugural sensitisation meeting on the Mambilla Hydro Electricity Power project on Tuesday in Abuja.
The meeting was attended by officials of the ministry of power, traditional rulers, commissioners from the state, Speaker and members of the Taraba House of Assembly, and other critical stakeholders.
Ishaku said that the project, a national dream for stable electricity power, had remained on the drawing board for over 40 years.
He added that the meeting was the beginning of the sensitisation phase and critical to the overall success of the project.
“The project is huge and will significantly alter the social, economic and cultural lives of members of the host communities.
“The support and cooperation of the people must be sought and secured from the onset through effective programme of sensitisation.
“I want to thank President Muhammadu Buhari for his interest and commitment to the project.
“I urge him to write his name on the sands of history as the Nigerian leader who broke the over 40-year jinx on the project.
“However, all the gains and the benefits coming with the project should not be denied the people of Taraba state,” Ishaku said.
The Minister of Power, Mr Saleh Mamman, who is also an indigene of Taraba, advised that nothing must be allowed to hinder the smooth execution of the project.
Mamman thanked Ishaku for his role in helping to shape and facilitate the project while he was Minister of Power and now as governor of the state.
“A Project Delivery Committee on the Mambilla Project has been inaugurated as part of the ministry’s commitment,” said the minister.