In the face of protests by unionists against the rise in electricity tariffs, the country’s power generation has taken a dip of 1,589.69 Megawatts. The fall comes few weeks after it achieved its peak power generation of 5,074.70 Megawatts. Data obtained from the Federal Ministry of Power on Sunday showed a drop of about 73MW. The Presidential Task Force on Power had said the country was generating between 4,150.64MW and 4,068.5MW as at 11 February. The Ministry has since blamed attacks on pipelines for the dip in power generation. Recall that the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, had said that the country would increase power generation by 2,000MW before the end of 2016.
“Distribution of power is no longer a government business but has been taken over by private companies. Also, government has privatised power generation, which has steered towards the full privatisation of the sector with transmission aspect being managed by Manitoba International of Canada,” he said.