Prepare for more power outage, Avengers warn Nigerians
With the loss of about 600 megawatts (from about 3.5Mws) of electricity in Nigeria, following Tuesday’s attack on Chevron’s gas line by a militant group, the Nigeria Delta Avengers operating in the oil rich Niger Delta, some parts of the country may suffer longer days in darkness.
Besides, the militants have vowed to continue with such attacks until they put a stop to oil exploration by IOCs in the region.
All appeal to the avengers to embrace dialogue seem to have failed as they insisted on their demands being met before any meaningful meeting could be recognized, adding that they would strike again if this condition was not met.
A senior official of one of the power generation firms in Delta State confirmed that two plants had been shut down due to lack of gas and other factors, which he refused to name.
“We usually get gas supply from E1 lines from the Escravos gas plant, which was recently, attacked resulting in grounding our operations.
“Besides, for fear of further attacks, we have shut down completely and do not have any date for resumption as there are still fresh threats from the militants,” he said
However, NNPC officials expressed optimism that the ongoing peace efforts could turn out positively, so that repair works on the damaged facilities should commence and for continuous export of crude through the terminal.
“There is still hope that normal activities at the terminals will be back soon and that will lead to gas plants shut down for the improvement of power supply too,” the official stated.
The latest attack by the militant group was unexpectedly carried out despite the last minute arrangements by the Presidency to meet with stakeholders and the elders from the region.
Nigeria’s 2.2 million barrel of crude per day export has been reduced to about 1.6 million due to similar attacks on oil facilities.
By Emma Eke….
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October 28, 2016 at 2:15 pm
patience solves all problem. these Avengers should embrace peace and patience so as to have their matters settled.
October 29, 2016 at 5:21 pm
For how long we they be patience over something that belong to them
October 28, 2016 at 2:18 pm
I cant blame the avengers, people from the oil producing state are suffering, the major source of income for the country comes from that region and yet they are neglected. Their communities have been destroyed
October 29, 2016 at 6:09 pm
My dear i wonder what our government is going to do about it i felt pity on them because is affecting there home of living
October 28, 2016 at 2:18 pm
There are better ways of showing aggression than destroying pipelines facilities. to me these people should not be called avengers or militants, they are terrorists and destroyers. I think Buhari should take things tough with these so called avengers.
October 28, 2016 at 2:41 pm
Would you like to be called a terrorist for fighting for your right? Don’t be heartless. These people are suffering. Go to any community in bayelsa or rivers, u would literally cry for them. they have repeatedly asked the Fed. govt’s intervention on basic amenities like good roads and good schools, but they were ignored. So they’ve refused to be neglected and have taken matters into their hands. The country is surviving with the resources from their various communities. The best thing the govt can do is beg them to accept an amnesty scheme, so they can put an end to the vandalism.
October 29, 2016 at 5:40 pm
I agree with you this people has eating more then what they can chew buhari should do something about before it would get out of hand