From Ayodele Samuel, Lagos
In ensuring effective and stable power supply across the country, Mr Lanre Siddiq, the Chairman, Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) Egbin branch, on Thursday tasked the Federal Government on effective supply of gas to power plants in the country.
Siddiq stated this at the said at the NSE Egbin branch 2014 Engineering Week Celebration in Lagos.
He said that lack of gas supply had affected power plant from generating energy, adding that this has resulted worsen power supply.
“Gas supply is causing a great problem for power plant.
“By now power generated will have increased a lot but due to insufficient gas supply, the power generation is dropping.
“Here in Egbin, for the past two weeks, we have been managing the little we have and that is why there is drop in power generated here,” he said.
The chairman said that if the government could improve on gas supply to all the power plants in the country, there would be a tremendous improvement in electricity supply.
He urged the government to expand the existing grid so that it could be able to evacuate energy generated from all the power plants.
“Government should work in the area of National Grid expansion.
“For a long time now the grid has been very weak, it needs to be expanded so that it will be able to effectively evacuate energy generated by power plants,” he said.
Siddiq said that the Council for Regulation of Engineering (COREN) had signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with EFCC to phase out quackery in the system.
The chairman said that NSE Egbin Branch was known for her dynamism and was well represented in national activities.
“We promote engineering learning and practice in our environment.
“The branch has also made great contributions in developing the technical capabilities of Egbin staff through workshops and seminars,” he said.