The poor electricity supply being witnessed in the country might continue till May, when repairs on the vandalised Forcados terminal will be completed.
This was disclosed via a statement released on Sunday, April 17, 2016, by the media aide to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Laolu Akande, following Osinbajo’s visit to the terminal.
According to the statement, Osinbajo said:
“One of the future steps the Buhari’s administration can take to forestall the perpetration of vandalism is to establish a permanent pipeline security force. Such a force, if formed, will be armed with sophisticated weapons to ensure we contain vandalism and overhaul security. A permanent pipeline security force is an option to look at.
“What is going on here affects the Nigerian people and the economy. The damage done to Forcados affects our oil earnings but also as important is the power aspect. It (Forcados) is a major source of gas, about 40 per cent of our gas supply is affected leading to the problem of power supply in the country.
“I came here to see for myself and underscore the great implication for the nation’s economy. Many people don’t even know that power supply is hampered by what is going on here,” he added.
Osinbajo also said that repairs on the terminal would be conducted in three phases, which might be concluded in May.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his administration will deal with vandals the same way it has dealt with Boko Haram.