Why has power supply been stable in the past 100 days? It is because of the rains, the President Muhammadu Buhari factor and steady supply of gas to power plants, says National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) General Secretary Comrade Joe Ajaero.
Ajaero 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 the operator to sit up and added to that, before now, the gas pipelines were usually vandalised.
“We suspect it may be in collaboration with some highly placed individuals who award contracts for the pipelines to be repaired which runs into billions of Naira. If the pipelines are vandalised 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.”
Continuing, he said: ”But we fear the power situation may not be sustainable. Once the rainy season ends and the water level drops, there will be problem. Again, today, all power being generated is being pumped into the system, there is no reserve in case of any breakdown, 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.”