The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission on Wednesday begged Nigerians to exercise patience with the power generation and distribution companies with respect to the drop in electricity supply and the attendant blackouts being experienced nationwide.
According to NERC, the drop in power supply is due to vandalism of critical installations and heavy downpour witnessed in parts of the country recently, adding that the Federal Government was working hard to repair the vandalised gas pipelines.
The commission was, however, not specific as to when power generation and its supply would improve, but was quick to state that there was hope of tangible increase in electricity generation.
The Acting Chief Executive, NERC, Dr. Tony Akah, said these while playing host to a delegation from the International Association of Energy Economics at the headquarters of the commission in Abuja.
The country’s electricity woes worsened on Tuesday as two additional power generating plants were shut down, bringing the total number of plants not generating any megawatts of electricity to 10.
The two shut plants are Shiroro Power Station in Niger State and Sapele II in Delta State.
In his response to a question on the fall in power generation, Akah said, “On the decline in power, as you may know, part of the reasons have to do with the issue of pipeline vandalism and the heavy downpour that happened in the past.