- Nigerian authorities have appealed to all gas and oil firms to back the government in fighting the looming power crisis in the West Africa state.
The country's acting president, Goodluck Jonathan said both the government and oil and gas firms have an obligation to ensure the smooth delivery of power to the Nigerian people.
"A situation where a majority of Nigerians are denied power supply which oil companies can guarantee through a regular supply of gas is not acceptable," Mr Jonathan said.
Earlier this month, the government approved a multi-billion hydro electricity dam project in Kubau Local Government Area of Kaduna State for enhanced supply of power.
The approval of the power generation comes barely a week after Nigeria’s power utility company shut down four power plants due to gas shortages in the country.
Nigeria, which has been experiencing power outages in some parts of the country, the situation may get worse as gas shortages plague the power production firm in the country. The power generation has dropped to 2 700 Mw from 3 710Mw at the end of last year.
The power shortages have been widely blamed on the inadequate gas supply to the various thermal plants leading to the drastic short-fall in power generation countrywide.
Corruption, inefficiency, dilapidated equipment and particularly attacks on gas and oil pipelines and plants by militants in the Niger Delta have also badly affected power generation and distribution in the past years.
A nation of more than 140 million people is expected to feel the hitch with the inadequate gas supply that has led to a loss of over 80110Mw.
afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.
afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.