Power generation in Nigeria has climbed up to 4,000 megawatts in the last two weeks, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said.

Speaking in Benin on Saturday while inspecting ongoing work at the Aduwawa axis of the Benin-Lokoja highway, Fashola said, the major challenge facing the power generation sector was shortage of gas to power gas turbines.

He added that power generation could be increased to 7000 mw if vandalisation of gas pipelines did not take place.

The minister in his words said, “3000 mw of power is not available because of vandalisation of gas pipelines, which is not helpful to the country. If we can recover the 3000 mw lost to vandalism and add to the 4000 mw, we will have 7,000 mw.”