the Electricity production companies (GenCos) called on power sector stakeholders to come together to resolve the current erratic supply instead of blame.
Joy Ogaji, Executive Secretary of the Association of Power Generation Companies (APGC), said this during a press conference in Abuja on Sunday.
Ms. Ogaji said that to ensure the sustainability of electricity in the country, sector stakeholders need to address the root causes of the current erratic power supply and not the symptoms.
“Let’s fix the electricity sector, instead of the blame game. We want to sit down with the government and look at the issues and come up with solutions that will improve the electricity supply.
“Urgently, we want to have a talk with the government, if we want sustainability in market power.
“We are also calling on the various agencies in the electricity sector to call the GenCos in a room, we are tired of crying in the pages of the newspapers before being heard,” she said.
According to Ms. Ogaji, the current state of the national grid must be addressed in order to stop depriving Nigerians of their rightful expectation of unhindered and reliable electricity supply.
She also revealed that poor network management had affected the performance of the GenCos and damaged some units of their infrastructure.
Specifically, she said that they had engaged the services of an expert the previous year to look into the problem and that the expert found that the machines were not working optimally.
Ms Ogaji said GenCos could generate 8,000 megawatts – 9,000 megawatts of electricity if the electricity sector can get it right.
She also revealed that charge rejection had been a major issue affecting their performance.
“Right now we are generating an average of 4,000 MW and more, we hope to generate more,” she said.
Ms Ogaji said GenCos has consistently demonstrated its commitment to Nigeria, Nigerians and the power sector.
“We have continued to make enormous sacrifices and bear immeasurable losses in our attempt to see a manly and prosperous energy sector that will benefit everyone.
“We reaffirm our commitment work with all stakeholders to fix the electricity sector. If we make the Nigerian power supply industry successful, we will turn around the Nigerian economy,’ she said.
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