"FG Not Responsible For Lack Of Electricity" - Minister of Power, Fashola Tells Nigerians

at 02:43 PM, 13/12/2018 (1 month ago)
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Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said that it is not the Federal government’s problem if some Nigerians do not have electricity. It Was reportsed that the Minister said this when he spoke at the Nextier Power Dialogue which held in Abuja yesterday December 12th.

“There are problems without a doubt and we must deal with them. But let me remind you, all of the assets that the Ministry of Power used to control for power have been sold by the last administration before I came. And so if you don’t have power, it is not the government’s problem. Let us be honest. The people who are operating the power sector, generation and distribution are now privately owned companies. I am here because I am concerned.

If your telephone is not working, it is not the minister of communication that you go to. Let us be very clear. So for those of you who want to weaponise electricity, face the businessmen who have taken it up. Let us be honest. If your bank over-charges you interest, is it the minister of finance you go to? So let’s be clear. This is now a private business by Act of parliament 2005.

My role is regulatory, oversight and policy, but I have a problem which is the fact that I can’t see a problem and turn my back, so I’m getting involved. So the people you should be talking to about transformers is not me, the ministry doesn’t supply transformers anymore.”

When asked to take the blame since he is the head of the Ministry of Power with the Gencos and Discos under his authority, Fashola said

“I think that NERC (Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission) is the referee of the game. I am FIFA (Federation of International Football Association). And it is not right as you said that FIFA gets involved, because whether the referee makes a mistake or not the goal stands.

“So the FIFA man does not enter the field to say go and change the result, but it’s an interesting analogy that I’ve also contemplated in my head and that’s why you didn’t catch me by too much surprise. However, it is important to allow the referee to continue to decide the game because investors like to know who decides.”

ignis99 at 03:50 PM, 13/12/2018 (1 month ago)
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And as a watchman you allow the business man to charge us and force us to pay without supplying us electricity .What kind of governement watch man are you then ?
Mykie010 at 05:44 PM, 13/12/2018 (1 month ago)
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So why are u the minister if power for almost 4 years collecting salary and Esta code only to tell us now that power is privately owned.
kacylee at 08:38 PM, 13/12/2018 (1 month ago)
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oga minister then who is
james987 at 05:07 AM, 14/12/2018 (1 month ago)
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On a serious note get out of that office if you know not why you were appionted in the first place. What is wrong with APC in general? They promised to fix this and that,when they got into power they refused to work on anything. Yes PDP is to be blamed because its PDP ruling us now. And PDP has been ruling us since 1960. People are just so foolish. PDP was 100% civil compared to all the touts in APC now. PDP knew how to tackle issues,had a nice way of communicating with the people. These are madmen.


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