Fashola Gives Tough Conditions To Achieve Uninterrupted Power Supply
Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Barr Babatunde Fashola, recently gave three new solid conditions that would enable Nigerians to achieve uninterrupted power supply. The minister, who disclosed this, while speaking to journalists in Kaduna at the end of the second edition of National Council on Power, said until Nigerians stop vandalism of pipelines.
The second condition to attain stable electricity, according to Fashola, is, when Nigerian contractors award contracts to build distribution access and build it properly.
The third condition, according to the minister, is, when communities, who host these assets, also understand that they must sacrifice so that the nation can benefit. “So that communities will stop chasing contractors – threaten them with shrines, spiritual invocation, taking law into their hands and cutting down transmission assets.
He said Nigerians should understand that “electricity has to be produced like all other matters that are produced such as newspapers, foods and others,” to gain stable electricity. Production of the affirmations, Fashola said, comes with costs that must be paid for.
On improper composition of the current regulatory body to address current electricity challenges, he said, “El-Rufai made recommendations based on the way of reforms that he in the BPE then started with, and being implemented. “Those are things that happened before I came here; I’m dealing with what I’ve inherited.
“As I’ve said often, and I’ll repeat again, I don’t moan about the past, the past is gone; I deal with today and what I can do with it. So, we need to reconstitute the NERC; we are on the process to do that, implement the ruler electrification funds in the process.
“The views of the governor must not, of course, be treated lightly. He saw the road-map and things ahead; of course, that is reality. Preparing in laboratory is different from when it is in its real life.”