Electrical Power To Finally Stabilise Before 2019, As President Muhammadu Buhari Blows Hot, Takes Very Drastic Decision In Favour Of Nigerians

By Joshua Amaugo July 11, 2018 10:02

Electrical Power To Finally Stabilise Before 2019, As President Muhammadu Buhari Blows Hot, Takes Very Drastic Decision In Favour Of Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari, in a bid to sanitize the power sector, has ordered for the immediate disconnection of international customers, who receive electricity from Nigeria.

Post-Nigeria gathered that the directive when fully enforced, will avail more Nigerians electricity to use, as the nation in time past has been consistently supplying electricity to neighbouring countries, while her citizenry live in outer darkness.

The Minister of Power, Works, and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who spoke on behalf of the President, said that President Buhari had called on international customers who receive electricity from Nigeria, to either pay their bills or be disconnected.

Presently, Nigeria sells power to the Republics of Togo, Niger, and Benin, and classifies the West African countries as international customers.

Investigation shows that the international customers, who pay for the power they receive from Nigeria in dollars, owed the country huge sums of money, a development that had increased the financial indebtedness to the power generating companies.

According to Fashola, Buhari is working hard to ensure that the electricity debts by the country’s neighbours were cleared, as he has directed the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company, to go ahead and collect its money from the international customers.

He noted that the government had issued letters to the countries involved, adding that, Nigeria would disconnect those who fail to comply, as endorsed by Buhari.

The Minister said: “We issued disconnection notices, and that is why I am asking the NBET to go and collect your money, because we have duties, obligations, and international agreements with them as brother and sister nations. But that does not mean they will not pay us if they are defaulting. So, we have issued letters to them to pay their bills, and from time to time, they pay.

“There was a time one Head of State came to visit President Buhari, and little did I know that the real reason he came was to come and tell him that the (power) sector had issued a notice of disconnection to his country. And you may be interested to know that President Buhari simply told him to go and pay, otherwise we will disconnect you, because we are also paying at home.”

Reacting to President Buhari’s directive, a Nigerian who refers himself as Mile, said: “Capital and Arrant nonsense, what is wrong with this country and our Leaders? We do not have sufficient supply, and you are selling to other people, your house is not in order, and you are putting other peoples houses in order.

“All the past Leaders until now are selfish and crude, and if the National Assembly is aware of this too, they are insincere”, Mile lamented.

Fashola speaking further, also stated that he recently received the Minister of Power from Niger, and both of them discussed issues bordering on the payment of electricity bills to Nigeria.

He said: “Our international customers are government Agencies. So, it takes some time and even on our own side, we know what it takes to get approvals, to process things and so on.

“You may be aware that the Minister of Power for Niger Republic was here to see me on Thursday or Friday, and these were some of the issues we had to discuss. And we also discussed the need for them to transfer the rights under their old agreement, which they made with the PHCN to NBET. So from time to time, we get the monies from international customers, and we pay the power generation companies”, Fashola said.


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