Fashola Blows Hot, Gives Very Strict Conditions For Stable Power In Nigeria

By Joshua Amaugo July 16, 2016 04:00

Fashola Blows Hot, Gives Very Strict Conditions For Stable Power In Nigeria

At a time the competence of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, is being put on trial, following the alleged row he had with President Muhammadu Buhari, over the plot to hike electricity price by 100 percent, the Minister has reeled out conditions for stable power supply in the country.

According to the Minister, who spoke to journalists in Kaduna, at the end of the second edition of the National Council on Power recently, unless hoodlums stopped vandalising gas pipelines, the epileptic power supply would persist.
Fashola, noted that stable electricity supply in the country will only be achievable, when contractors execute power contracts properly.

Speaking further, he said, host communities of electricity assets must also understand that they must make sacrifices, so that the nation could benefit.

Meanwhile, Fashola had in a press release made available to Post-Nigeria titled, “NACOP endorses the creation of Power Ministries in the States”, appealed to State governments to consider as a matter of urgency, the establishment of Ministries, Departments, Bureau or Officers of Special Adviser on Energy, as a specialised organ to co-ordinate, interface and interact with other stakeholders, as envisioned in the Electricity Power Sector Reform Act, EPSR 2005.

Fashola, noted that in view of the lean resources available to States, it might not be expedient to set up a full fledged ministry, ‎but rather a manageable outfit that would provide the link for the States to also take full advantage of privatization and the investment potentials available, as well as help solve some particular power issues in various localities.

He said, States were in a better position to assist, in areas of right-of-way, ‎access to land, documentation and reasonable compensation modalities.

On the generation segment of the value chain, projects like the 215 dual fuel plant in Kaduna are expected to come up with 2 units, to be ready in less than a year; this would add 30MW to the national grid, which is capable of resuscitating the dying textile industry within the Kaduna area.

While the ‎Katsina 10MW wind farm has reached advanced stage, with the ministry working round the clock to complete the 39MW Dadin Kowa Dam, in Gombe State, with significant progress been achieved on the Private Sector Funded Azura plant in Edo State.

The Governor of Kaduna State, ‎Nasir El-Rufai, while reacting to Fashola’s statement, called for proper restructuring of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, to ensure viable power supply in the country.