Gencos urge stakeholders’ roundtable to resolve power supply challenges

Gencos urge stakeholders’ roundtable to resolve power supply challenges

The Electricity Power Generation Companies (GenCos) have called on stakeholders in the power sector to come together to resolve the current erratic supply, instead of playing the blame game.

 

Mrs Joy Ogaji, the Executive Secretary, Association of Power Generation Companies (APGC), made the call at a news conference in Abuja on Sunday.

 

Ogaji said that in efforts to ensure sustainable electricity supply in the country, stakeholders in the power sector must address the root causes of the current erratic power supply and not the symptoms.

 

“Let us fix the power sector, instead of the blame game. We want to sit with government and look at the issues and come up with solutions that will improve electricity supply.

 

“As a matter of urgency, we want to have a discussion with government, if we want sustainability of power in the market.

 

“We are also calling on the various agencies in the power sector to call the GenCos to a room; we are tired of crying on the pages of newspapers before we can be heard,” she said.

 

Ogaji stressed that the current state of the national grid must be addressed, in order to stop denying Nigerians their legitimate expectation of unhindered and reliable electricity supply.

 

Besides, the executive secretary disclosed that the poor management of the grid had affected the performance of the GenCos, while damaging some units of their infrastructure.

 

Specifically, she said that the companies engaged the services of an expert in 2021 to look into the problem, adding that the expert discovered that the machines were not operating optimally.

 

Ogaji said that GenCos could generate 8,000 megawatts to 9,000 megawatts of electricity if the power sector could get things right.

 

She also noted that load rejection had been a major problem affecting their performance.

 

“As at now we are generating an average of 4,000 megawatts and above, and we hope to generate more,” she said

 

Ogaji said that GenCos had consistently demonstrated their commitment to Nigeria, Nigerians and the power sector.

 

“We have continued to make huge sacrifices and bear inestimable losses, in our bid to see to a virile and thriving power sector that will benefit all and sundry.

 

“We reaffirm our commitment to working with all stakeholders to fix the power sector. If we get the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry right, we will get the Nigerian economy right,” she said.

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