Fashola Shocks Nigerians, Releases Fantastic Message on Power

By Joshua Amaugo June 10, 2016 10:50

Fashola Shocks Nigerians, Releases Fantastic Message on Power

At a time many Nigerians are doubting the capability of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Minister ‎of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, to effectively deliver in 3 critical sectors, he has explained why electricity supply has dropped across Nigeria.

Fashola on Thursday, June 9, said he was not overwhelmed running the affairs of the 3 key infrastructure-providing ministries.

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Fashola, made this known in Abuja‎, at the inaugural “Buharimeter Town Hall Meeting”, organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development, CDD.

The minister maintained that the 3 ministries are not bigger than Lagos State, which he successfully governed for eight years.

He maintained that although, Buhari has integrity, the challenge of militancy in the Niger Delta has been affecting investments in the power sector.

‎‎Although, the Nation attained 5,000MW of electricity, in February this year, Fashola, lamented that the renewed attacks by Militants, were responsible for the system collapse in recent times.

According to him, ‎23 of 26 power generation plants in the country were gas-powered, and the challenge of assessing gas, was responsible for the drop in electricity.

He said the administration is working round the clock in putting measures in place to resolve the crisis.

The minister, who was responding to questions from the audience, said ‎“What is different is that I am working with a team I have not worked with before”, saying he had to use a reasonable period of time to study the terrain.

He noted that with the capable hand he has in the ministries, such as experienced permanent secretary and reliable members of staff, he is well assured that the ministry under his watch would deliver on its mandate of provision of electricity, good roads and affordable houses.

Enlightening the audience on the score card of the ministry in the last one year, Fashola said he adopted three stages of growth, “incremental, steady and uninterrupted supply’’, in the power sector.

Speaking further, he said the energy mix to be adopted in realising the three, would be unveiled in a week’s time, at the meeting of National Council on Power.

‎On the dreadful Jebba-Ilorin road, he said, the administration had successfully repaired the road, adding that contractors will also return to the Lagos-Ibadan site in a week’s time.

On Housing, he said, the ministry was working out modalities to ensure an affordable housing project.

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