The closure of the Dam has consequently resulted in a drop of electricity supply nationwide.
In a statement, signed by the Special Assistant on Media to the Minister, Ogbuagu Anikwe, Prof Nnaji said that the Kainji Dam “shutdown followed excessive water leakage in the dam, which could cause a flooding of the station.
“To forestall the flooding, all five units in the power station generating 330MW were shut down early this morning,’’ he said.
The minister also ordered that all the divers of the power station should be mobilised to trace the point of water leakage in the dam and rectify the problem as a matter of utmost urgency.
The Minister said that if the water leakage problem was not rectified immediately, it could affect the operations of the four units of the Jebba Hydro Station, which currently produced 335MW.
The Dam which was built in 1968 with an installed capacity for 760MW has in recent years been generating not more than 450 MW due to poor maintenance, as it has not been overhauled since its establishment.
Prof Nnaji who apologised to Nigerians for the power outage arising from the plant’s shutdown, said that “it is regrettable that it occurred when there is a considerable reduction in national power supply as a result of shortage in gas supply to thermal power stations.’’
He said that President Goodluck Jonathan was personally leading a new effort to draw up a far-reaching and composite plan to end all the impediments limiting the quick realisation of Nigeria’s electricity development plans, including gas.