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The Federal Government has attributed the nation’s regular power outages to the actions of terrorists who destroy electricity infrastructure around the nation.

This was said by the Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu, in a press conference with journalists on June 29 at the Presidential Villa following the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, which was presided over by Vice President Yemi-Osinbajo.

Aliyu expressed sadness over the fact that terrorists’ ongoing damage to the electrical grid was negatively hurting the ability to supply electricity to people. He notably discussed incidents where he claimed terrorists were continuing to assault power facilities in the North East, North West, and North Central after repeated repairs.

He spoke:

We have vandalism on our lines, in our stations, and at our substations; some have an indirect or direct impact on us, but the infrastructure is not directly under our control.

Similar to how vandalism near oil pipelines affects gas supply—without gas to power, you can’t get the megawatts—when there is no power coming from the generators, you know what that means.

We face many difficulties, and we aren’t just snoozing through them. WE ARE ACTIVE AND ADDRESSING THEM AS THEY ARISE. WE ARE PULLING SOME DOWN ALREADY, WHILE OTHERS WE HAVE ALREADY PULLED DOWN.

THIS IS A SECTOR WHERE SO MANY PEOPLE PLAY, SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE RESPONSIBILITIES. In fact, some people interfere even when they are not given any responsibility. As a result, we are working nonstop to finish everything within the budget. A GOOD EXAMPLE IS THIS MAIDUGURI ISSUE THAT YOU SPECIFICALLY MENTIONED. YES, WE WERE ABLE TO RESTORE ELECTRICITY TO MAIDUGURI THROUGH OUR OUT-OF-THE-BOX THINKING, AND PEOPLE ARE ENJOYING IT.

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