Why some Nigerians don’t want power sector to work – FG

Adebisi Aikulola
Adebisi Aikulola
Adebayo Adelabu

Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, stated on Thursday that some individuals don’t want the power sector to work because of their selfish gains.

He lamented that despite the number of ministers, the power sector has continued to face challenges.

He spoke in Lagos at the commissioning of the 63 MVA, 132/33kV mobile station at Ajah, Lagos State.

He said, “We have had over 40 ministers in the past and we are still here, We know there will be resistance and distractions but Nigerians will start seeing our overwhelming impact the moment we complete the TCN projects.”

NewMailNG reports that this is coming amidst the recent increment in tariff which is generating anger and misgivings from Nigerians.

Currently, Nigerians classified in Band A are paying as much as N225/ kilowatts even as some of them have complained about not getting adequate supply.

The minister, however, admonished Nigerians to endure temporary pains to enjoy permanent pains, saying the government is very concerned about the welfare of its citizens.

“Nigerians should not be cheated, and that is why I don’t call this new tariff cost-reflective but service reflective,” he added.

He reiterated that all discos must provide 20-24 hours of electricity before they charge N225/ kwh, saying, “If not, they will be fined heavily.”

The Minister stated that the Ajah Mobile Substation represents a strategic deployment aimed at improving the transmission capacity constraints by over 1300MW across the nation.

According to the Minister, the Ajah mobile substation was aimed at enhancing transmission capacity, energy access, and overall advancements towards the 4000MW to 6000MW improvement targets.

He said, “Its strategic placement at key sites such as Okene, Amukpe, Potiskum, Apo, Ajah, Birnin Kebbi and others underscores our dedication to enhancing transmission efficiency and reliability nationwide.

“The versatility of this Mobile Substation cannot be overstated. From addressing major load centers to serving as a stopgap measure during maintenance and emergencies, its flexibility ensures swift responses to fluctuating power demands, thereby contributing to uninterrupted service delivery.”

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