President Jonathan Lies Again, TCN Faults Power Generation Claims - PREMIUM TIMES

By PREMIUM TIMES

The Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, has said that at no time has the country’s electricity generation capacity reached a peak of 5,000 megawatts, MW.

This contradicts President Goodluck Jonathan’s claim during his third Presidential media chat last November that the combined average power generation capacity from all the power plants in the country moved from less than 3,000 MW in 2007 to a new peak capacity above 5,000 MW.

The President had listed the 5,000MW power generation capacity as one of his administration’s major achievements under the Power Sector Reform agenda.

“Power is one area Nigerians appreciate we are moving. We are yet to get 24 hours of light in our cities, but you would agree with me the difference is clear,” the president told the panel of interviewers, which consisted of Muhammed Abubakar of Nigerian Television Authority, NTA; Martins Oloja of the Guardian; Ikedi Isighuzor of Vanguard and Gbemi Olujobi of the National Mirror.

“We moved, in 2007, from about a little below 3,000 MW production average.

“Now, we are generating more than 5,000MW (of electricity).

“But because of weak transmission infrastructure, we cannot evacuate,” the president said.

As at the time President made the claim, TCN, the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, successor company in charge of monitoring electricity transmission data in the country, had given 4,321.3MW as the country’s power generation capacity as at August, 31, 2012.

President’s Spokesman, Reuben Abati, and the Special Adviser to the Minister of Power, Garubadeen Mohammed, did not respond to calls and emails sent to them seeking clarification on the source of the President’s controversial figure.

But, the Assistant General Manager, Public Affairs of TCN, Dave Ifabiyi, said on Wednesday during a telephone chat from Abuja that at no time had the country’s power generation capacity neared 5,000 MW.

“There was never a time like that (5,000MW generation capacity), never. The highest peak generation of 4,517.6 MW was achieved on December 23, 2012,” Mr. Ifabiyi said.

The TCN spokesman, said in a previous statement, that a new peak power generation capacity of 4,502.2 MW was achieved on December 21, 2012, an improvement on the 4,454.1 MW achieved on December 19.

He attributed the achievement to the commitment of the President to fulfill his promise to Nigerians on improved electricity supply.

Mr. Ifabiyi dispelled any insinuation that the TCN was probably not transmitting all the generated electricity when he said that transmission and distribution companies would continue to harness “every available generation to ensure delivery of stable electricity supply” even as more National Integrated Power Projects, NIPPs became functional.

This is not the first time President Jonathan would be making a public statement that turned out to be false.

In his Independence Day broadcast to Nigerians on October 1, the president had claimed that “In its latest report, Transparency International (TI) noted that Nigeria is the second most improved country in the effort to curb corruption.”

The claim turned out to be false.

Following a PREMIUM TIMES enquiry, Transparency International stated that it “does not have a recent rating or report that places Nigeria as the second most improved country in the fight against corruption.

The latest Transparency International Corruption Index report later released placed Nigeria as the 35th most corrupt country in the world.
The president is yet to apologise to Nigerians for that goof, just as he may not apologise for this.

TCN to Improve Operations

The TCN Chief Executive Officer, Olusola Akinniranye, said the company would not relent in its efforts to ensure that the transmission grid functions effectively for greater efficiency.

Mr. Akinniranye said part of that effort is to restore the Benin-Egbin 330kV line as well as complete the new transmission/distribution interface projects to further enhance the company’s power evacuation capacity.

He appealed to electricity consumers to continue to partner with TCN in protecting electricity installations and forestall vandalism, which he said was constituting a major setback to efforts to improve electricity supplies.

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power generation and transmission

My heart bleeds anytIme I read Sahara reporters and blogs. If this is journalism, then this platform is for empty barrels. Just wondering if we have school leavers at best among the bloggers and the reporters. How can this great nation make progress when no-one can reason. We should be ashamed of ourselves. Where did we miss it all? GOD bless Nigeria.

ONLY 2 LIES IN 4 MONTHS

If the president lied only twice between October 1 and today, then he has tried. You the accuser are you free of lies? Do you have the right to accuse him? Shut the Hell up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Solaside, you are wrong about

Solaside, you are wrong about our power generation in 1999. It was 2300 mw and not 5000.

Jonathan lied

A president that lied is born to be a liar. He better take his mind from 21/2 terms or face impeachment. He needs to declare his assets. Omo ole, barrao

Tinubu

You guys should stop mentioning Tinubu's name,we can all see what Tinubu has done with his stolen money in Lagos State,let others do the same in their respective States with their stolen monies instead of stacking it home and abroad.Everything in Nigeria is politics,please comment on issues without politicizing it.Mptweee.

THE REAL STORY PART 4

The PTFP Chairman also noted that these are the tangible signs of progress and effectiveness of the power reform agenda. “I see this milestone as a product of the cooperation and concerted efforts of the power grid operators. The Task Force will continue to monitor and facilitate their progress and activities.” he said.

THE REAL STORY PART 3

He further explained “It is the durability of power or the sustainability of power that a whole as a nation.”
Dagogo-Jack further addressed the new energy peak in relation to the recent partial shutdown of the Escravos gas plant belonging to Chevron Nigeria Limited to enable Chevron to tie in wells and lay pipes for sustainable gas supply to the domestic market and the gas-to-liquid plant.
“With Chevron being out, we still attained this peak energy record. So with improved system management, once Chevron back on, there is a potential that we could hit higher levels still,” he said. “Subject to the transmission and distribution issues that may arise, there is no reason why we should not go higher than the level that we are today.”

THE REAL STORY PART 2

It is important to note that the real metric for improved service delivery and performance in the power sector is by energy. In other words, measuring how much distance a car covers in the day as opposed to its top speed. For the first time in our history, Nigeria traveled the most distance in power (energy) in 24 hours.
The disclosure of the new energy peak was contained in the Executive Operations Summary issued by the General Manager, National Control Center (NCC), Osogbo, Engr. A. A. Alade, on December 4, 2012.
Explaining this development, the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Power (PTFP), Engr. Beks Dagogo-Jack, said: “Essentially in the power business what you sell is energy, and that is what everybody uses in their homes. However, in order to be able to deliver that energy you need to produce power over a period of time, and that is essentially the rate of energy.

THE REAL STORY PART 1

Nigeria has attained a new power generation and management milestone by reaching a new energy peak of 97,749.11 megawatt hour per hour on December 4, 2012. The previous energy peak was 96,768.53 megawatt hour per hour recorded on August 31, 2012.
This is a significant achievement in the nation’s history of power generation. It means that a record level of energy was available to Nigerians yesterday. By energy, it means that over the 24 hour period the most power was available for consumption. This is a sharp contrast to the historic epileptic nature of power availability. This means that the system is being better managed.

IN REPLY TO DELTA QUEEN

The Presidential Task Force on Power (PTFP) has said that President Goodluck Jonathan did not lie on the nation’s power generation figure as published by an online media which erroneously misinterpreted the President’s press briefing held last November.

A statement issued by the PTFP explained that during the press briefing, “the President made mention of the 5000MW generation profile achieved and immediately went on to clarify that owing to transmission constraints not all of this can be evacuated for now.

Solaside-aka tundemess! PDP

Solaside-aka tundemess! PDP is bad for your mouth fine! Tell us about the achievements of CPC in the states they control? If possible ACN-states-where the commoners have been having a running battle with tinubu-the entire article here does not make sense one little bit-give us the fact as it concerns power generation-has there been an improvement when compared to the era of Buhari, OBJ, and late Yara Adua-the answer is yes-so what is your trouble--here--every Nigerian I have spoken to within the last few months confessed there has been an improvement-except the die hard supporters of buhari--yearning to be honored with an oil blocks in the SS--shikena!

GEJ

We should be ashamed of our country for even mentioning that we are generating 4500 MW of electricity, when a country like South Africa is counting in hundreds of thousands.

There is no excuse whatsoever for the President to lie. Truth should be said at all times, even when it is painful. This government has NOT tried at all in any sector. Same to the same old stuck PDP.

DERI the LIAR

I may not have issues with the president perhaps he was messed up by over zealous aides as ever. They do it to all presidents. However the issue is with PDP and whether it is Dr Jonathan or not; SS or NW bottomline PDP is bad and evil: as at swearing in 1999 Nigeria generates 5,086MW, this degenerated to about 3,300MW as at handover in 2007 but with 2,000MW ready or almost ready to be connected to grid at $16B. Yar'Adua spent $10B but still didn't get the 2,000MW evacuated. During GEJ we lost 900MW but he has now evacuated 2,000MW which gives the 4,300MW. in effect if Shiroro, Jebba and Kainji is up GEJ is right we can have 5,200MW. So Deri stop been stupid GEJ hadn't added anything yet.

We are what our Government is

By having a President with the IQ lower than that of a goat running the country,Nigeria has reached a new low in its Nationhood.To be clear,Nigeria has mostly been run by the world's worst disgusting Vermins(IBB,Abacha,Obasanjo..etc).But this jonathan is in a class of its own.He combines the criminal and evil energy of an IBB with the ignorance and incompetence of a shonekan.But the very fact that we(the people) chose to helplessly tolerate our govternments,says a lot about us.We are not honest folks ourselves.No honourable folk would tolerate what is going on here.Everywhere,the Gatemen,civil servants,drivers,ceos,doctors,journalists,judges,all are dishonest people and all are out to rob. They rob with their offices(that is their weapons),Like Armed robbers do with guns.Armed Robbery as a way of life has taken over the country.As long as we the people wake up in the morning,and like a bunch of rats,set out looking for something to steal,we will continue to have Jonathans as Presidents

PRESIDENT'S STATEMENT ON 5000MW POWER GENERATION - OMBUDSMAN

"President Jonathan Lies Again, TCN Faults Power Generation Claims - PREMIUM TIMES" SCREAMS SAHARA REPORTERS HEADLINE!

"The President did not lie"-Chairman, Presidential Task Force on Power (PTFP)- LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER

Is it true that the President lied?

Review of the above Press Reports and application of CNN style "Truth Meter" shows the President DID NOT LIE!

THE PTFP CHAIRMAN SAYS THE PRESIDENT DID NOT LIE

CULLED FROM LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER
The Presidential Task Force on Power has said that President Goodluck Jonathan did not lie on the nation’s power generation figure as published by an online media which misinterpreted the President’s press briefing of last November.

The PTFP explained that at the briefing, “the President made mention of the 5000MW generation profile achieved and immediately went on to clarify that owing to transmission constraints not all of this can be evacuated for now". “It is important to note that since that interview we have achieved over 6,300 MW in available generation and have hit a peak of 4517MW in evacuated power. So where is the lie’’, the statement queried.

PTFP Chairman, Engr. Beks Dagogo-Jack, stated further that there was “a difference between the impressive increase recorded in available generation, itself a worthy progress and the actual power we can wheel on any given day based on the transmission and gas limitations.”

PRESIDENT'S STATEMENT ON 5000MW POWER GENERATION

CULLED FROM LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER
The Presidential Task Force on Power has said that President Goodluck Jonathan did not lie on the nation’s power generation figure as published by an online media which misinterpreted the President’s press briefing of last November.

The PTFP explained that at the briefing, “the President made mention of the 5000MW generation profile achieved and immediately went on to clarify that owing to transmission constraints not all of this can be evacuated for now". “It is important to note that since that interview we have achieved over 6,300 MW in available generation and have hit a peak of 4517MW in evacuated power. So where is the lie’’, the statement queried.

PTFP Chairman, Engr. Beks Dagogo-Jack, stated further that there was “a difference between the impressive increase recorded in available generation, itself a worthy progress and the actual power we can wheel on any given day based on the transmission and gas limitations.”

Gen. Not Trans

Generation value and not transmission value is thesame as saying vote for Goodluck and Not PDP. Lets get things right Is it Generation that Nigerians want or Power in their Homes?

SO DERI IS A LIFE!

Deri has returned with his ethno-religious rascality inherited from forefathers. If your man is not a liar then who is a liar between him and Abatti? This government is only a clique of jovial junks being supported by their ass-lickers and ethno-religious riff-raffs. But the reality is Nigeria has been doomed by giving it to criminals cum- political rats taking refuge under ethnicity and religion to perpetuate in power.

Only a fool

Only a fool will say a difference of 600 is negligible even in millions, those claiming it on this matter are among our problems in Nigeria, those who bought their (Maths) results to get through school. Go teach your children to round up 4.3 to 5.0.
All those paid-commentators that attack newspapers & journalists your days are numbered, you shall all be flushed to oblivion with your evil masters. Nigeria must change, there are worthy leaders from all regions of the country and God shall reveal them.

Failure

Nameless mallam. We know people like you to be perennial failures because you are always giving excuses for non-performance in your lives. Insha Allah no lying failures like you (& Jona) will ever lead this country again. A LIE IS A LIE.

Handing over to the devil has

Handing over to the devil has successfully been done when JEG was sworn in as president of the federal republic of nigeria.

Mr President?

Mr President should be more coordinated. Even his media chat speeches lack coherence.
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It's a shame and I'm

It's a shame and I'm horrified at Sahara's approach in "jounarism" - courtesy and civility thrown overboard in choice of words. Don't you edit contributions before publication?? How can a citizen insult his country's President the way it's done here?? It shows we still have a very long and tough road ahead. Pls this attitude MUST stop because you are portraying the Country in bad light.

What kind of industrial

What kind of industrial nation of 24 Billion KW/h are you talking about? Egypt has half of Nigeria's population, but generates more than 138 Billion KW/h; South Africa with less than half our population generates 242 Billion KW/h. Go figure.

PDP's "BUT" don too much !

"Now we are generating more than 5000 MW. But because of weak transmission infrastructure, we cannot evacuate..."

Sorry for Nigeria. One excuse after another: world financial crisis, Boko Haram e.t.c.

From 1960 until today, all Nigerians have heard are a litany of excuses.

Nigerians have to draw the "red line" somewhere.

PDP has to go !

The broken record called Deri

I am tired of hearing the broken record called Deri. Why cant he see beyond his nose. He is so out of touch with reality that one can be excused to call him names...... Fit in the blank as you wish. Deri is a bigot, an irredemable tribalist who has deffered all reform to be a Nigerian. Good luck Deri Jonathan.

We are very funny in this

We are very funny in this country called Nigeria.
We are generating over 5000mw but cannot evacuate all because of inefficient and obsolete infrastructure.
Mr President is right, what we need is infrastructure backbone and Govt is putting in all the best effort to come up with latest infrastructure backbone.
Let us wait patiently for 18months.

WAS YOUR FATHER INNOCENT ?

@Omo Apaso I am not suprised that you are abusing and insulting our best Nigeria President Nigeria ever had because you have no respect for your own parents,you are just a born-throw-child.This president has tried so far for Nigeria.You are looking for miracles from him but he is human not an angel,he has tried so far despite all these huge Nigeria problems confronting him.You know the truth but your parents did not train you to recognise goodness in Goodluck.Was your father innocent?besides what has your father and yourself for that matter done for the goodness of Nigeria?.Shame on you Bastard. !!

Power Generation

500 MW is a lot of generation if you know what power is all about in Nigeria. If Oyo State is able to have 500MW the state will be transformed into another industrial. TCN will never tell you that at an average they are able to transmit more than 3000MW due of the prevalent parts and logist problems. The generating plants are also facing gas problems due to flaws in Gas Policy.
GEJ is also correct as saying the Nigeria has capacity of 5000MW; in actual fact if all generation plants with locals are able to be evacuated; Nigeria would be able to transmit about 5300MW. But what is 5300MW when Lagos can consume 7000MW if fully powered and will be a secured, profitable run city contributing immensely to the GDP of the country.
For Nigeria to be in the league of Industrial Nations, she needs 60000MW. We shall get there.
I pity GEJ and I commend the tenacity of the PHCN/TCN staff. They are working with their blood.

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