Nigeria’s minister of power Babatunde Fashola said last week that the country needs to fully explore alternative power sources such as solar, wind energy and coal to complement existing hydro and gas.
During his address entitled ‘Achieving Incremental, then Uninterrupted Power’, he said that the resultant effect of incessant vandalism of gas pipelines was the current drop of the country’s electricity from 5,000 to 2,000 megawatts since February 2016. He was delivering a keynote address at the second National Council on Power stakeholders’ meeting in Kaduna state, organised by the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing.
Fashola had earlier said that better utilization of gas resources would require the development of alternative back-ups to gas, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and condensate pipes, and that the country is poised to reduce its reliance on gas as an antidote to ‘vandalism of pipelines’. Read more