The level of improvement witnessed within the power sector over the past few months, according to the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE, may not be sustainable on the long run. This was disclosed by Joe Ajaero, the General Secretary of the electric workers union.
According to him, the increase power supply recorded across the country could be attributed to the raining season which is responsible for the rise in the water level across the various hydro power stations including Kanji Dam.
He said, ”during this time of the year, there is always a slight improvement in power supply because of the rise in water level. That is, the lake goes up and hydro power stations generate more power. Second is the Buhari factor which has made operator to sit up. The activities of pipeline vandals have also reduced, before now, the gas pipelines were usually vandalized.”
“We suspect it may be in collaboration by some highly placed individuals who award contracts for the pipelines to be repaired which runs into billions of Naira. If the pipelines are vandalized and the contracts are awarded for repairs, almost every two months, it is big money for them. I think that because of the fear that those who engaged in the business may be caught, for now there is relative peace and the gas pipelines are delivering gas to the power plants.
He further revealed that there is fear that the current power situation may not be sustainable. He also noted once the rainy season ends and the water level drops, there will be problem. He said, ”Again, today all power being generated is being pumped into the system, there is no reserve in case of any break down, and there is no reserve in case of maintenance and so on. We ought to have reserve for emergencies. Sadly, we do not have that at the moment.”
He however commended the President Muhammadu Buhari for his performance in his office after more than 100 days in office. He charged him unveil his policy for economy as a way of sustaining the growth recorded in the sector.