The Senate on Thursday raised the alarm over an imminent blackout in the northern part of the country due to zero gas supply to the 215 megawatts Kaduna power plant, adding that the development had led to a shutdown of the industrial sector in the region, The Punch reports.

This was contained in a motion moved by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum (Gas), Senator Bassey Akpan, at the plenary on Thursday. The motion was titled, ‘The Urgent Need to Save the 215 Megawatts Kaduna Power Plant.’ The lawmakers unanimously adopted the prayer of the motion to mandate the Senate Committees on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy, and Gas to investigate “this anomaly and report back to the Senate immediately.”

In the motion, Akpan criticised the alleged plan to convert the plant from being gas-powered to diesel-powered. Akpan stated, “The Senate is surprised that the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing appears to have jettisoned the use of gas to power the Kaduna power plant and, instead, opted for the construction of Automobile General Oil (diesel) tanks for the use of AGO, which is 60 per cent higher in cost when compared with gas.”