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Power Outage Interrupts Power Minister’s N344bn Budget Presentation At National Assembly

At the National Assembly, Minister of Power Adebayo Adelabu faced an interruption during his budget presentation when a power outage occurred, prompting concerns about Nigeria’s persistent energy challenges.

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Power Outage Interrupts Power Minister's N344bn Budget Presentation At National Assembly
Minister of Power Adebayo Adelabu

At the National Assembly, Minister of Power Adebayo Adelabu faced an interruption during his budget presentation when a power outage occurred, prompting concerns about Nigeria’s persistent energy challenges.

Despite assurances of imminent power generation projects, the incident highlighted the urgent need for infrastructure investment and comprehensive reforms in the energy sector.

During a session at the National Assembly, Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, faced an unexpected challenge as the lights went off while he was presenting the N344 billion budget for the power ministry.

VerseNews reports that the lawmakers gathered for a joint committee session were left bewildered by the disruption, prompting questions about Nigeria’s persistent power issues.

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As Chief Adelabu defended the substantial budget allocation, the power outage halted proceedings, prompting remarks from Chairman of the Senate Committee on Power, Eyinnaya Abaribe, who expressed concerns about the implications of the minister’s statements.

Senator Francis Adenigba Fadahunsi seized the moment to query when Nigeria could expect stable power supply, reflecting widespread frustrations.

The outage, occurring around 12:25 pm, momentarily disrupted the proceedings, highlighting the fragility of Nigeria’s power infrastructure. Lawmakers voiced skepticism about the nation’s progress in power generation and distribution, underscoring the long road ahead.

Upon the restoration of power, Minister Adelabu reassured the assembly, highlighting imminent operations at the Zungeru power plant with an expected generation of 300 megawatts.

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He emphasized the necessity of addressing Nigeria’s energy poverty and lamented the disparity between power generation and transmission capacities, citing poor infrastructure.

Adelabu disclosed that Nigeria loses a staggering 40 percent of generated power during transportation due to infrastructure deficiencies, emphasizing the urgent need for investment in transmission infrastructure.

He cited the Mambilla power project’s exclusion from the budget, citing international arbitration constraints.

Addressing the challenges of power distribution, Adelabu stressed the importance of state involvement and community monitoring of distribution companies (Discos). He expressed optimism that the budget would tackle lingering issues and pave the way for a more resilient and efficient power sector.

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Amidst the disruptions, the incident served as a stark reminder of Nigeria’s ongoing struggle with power shortages and infrastructure limitations, underscoring the urgency of comprehensive reforms and investments in the energy sector.

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