In a statement issued by the media aide to the Minister of Power, Aaron Artimas, the Federal Government on Thursday disclosed that nine power plants were currently shut down.
The Minister of Power, Sale Mamman also admitted in series of tweets via his official Twitter handle that the shut down of the nine plants was why power outages had persisted recently across the country.
The statement read in part, “The Ministry of Power is not unaware of the current power outages and shortages bedevilling many parts of the country.
“The problem is caused by the breakdown of some National Integrated Power Plants supplying electricity to the national grid.”
In his tweets, Mamman named the plants to include Sapele, Afam, Olonrunsogo, Omotosho, Ibom, Egbin, Alaoji and Ihovbor.
He also mentioned that Jebba Power Plant was shut down for annual maintenance.
“Seven other integrated power plants, namely, Geregu, Sepele, Omotosho, Gbarain, Omuku, Paras and Alaoji are experiencing gas constraints, while the Shiroro plant has water management problems,” the minister stated.
Mamman expressed regret over the situation and offered apology to all affected Nigerians for the inconveniences the power shortages were causing.
The Minister therefore assured power users that the ministry was working assiduously to rectify the technical problems affecting the plants as well as resolving the gas issues affecting others.