Nigerian govt blames blackout on gas supply, to pay GenCos outstanding fees

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The Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, said on Friday the Federal Government was working to ensure outstanding payments are made to power generation companies (GenCos) to resolve the poor power supply in the country.

The minister stated this in a statement issued in Abuja by his Special Adviser on Strategic Communication and Media Relations, Bolaji Tunji.

He said the blackout being experienced in the country was due to low gas supply to the GenCos.

The minister stressed that the payments were to ensure improved gas supply and increased power generation.

Adelabu said: “This will also enable distribution companies to supply more electricity to Nigerians.

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“We acknowledge the current unsustainable situation, and we expect a turnaround immediately.”

He assured that efforts are being made to ensure a quick resolution of the blackout being experienced in the country.

“In the past couple of weeks, there has been a significant downturn in the level of power supply to Nigerians.

“This had adversely affected production leading to blackouts in some parts of the country.

“This is mainly due to a decreased level of gas supply to generation companies.

“This situation has led to a lower level of energy supplied to load centres, which has affected the supply of electricity to distribution companies,” the minister added.

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