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Again, Fashola appeals to Nigerians to help in protecting power supply facilities

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The Power, Works and Housing Minister, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, has again assured the nation that incremental, steady and eventual uninterrupted power supply is achievable in the country appealing, however, that it could only happen if the citizenry cooperate with the government by taking ownership of and protecting the various power supply facilities across the country.

Fashola, who spoke to newsmen in Lagos after delivering a keynote address at the Nigeria Urban Design Forum 2016 at the LCCI Conference Centre in Ikeja, said government is ready and willing and has mapped out its programme to take the country to incremental power from where it intends to move to steady power and ultimately to uninterrupted power supply.

The Minister, who was responding to a journalist’s question on why power generation had gone down explained that the only way government could realize its programme was if those involved stopped some of the practices like cutting gas pipelines through which gas for the supply of over 80 percent of electricity to the whole country goes to the various gas plants across the country.

“But one of the things we should stop doing is to stop cutting gas pipelines and all of you (the media men and women) must sensitise all of those who are involved because that’s why supply is down”,he said.

The Minister, who noted that 23 of the nation’s power plants are gas powered, added that it was important for those involved to stop vandalizing and cutting gas pipelines adding that it was also imperative that all those involved in the act be sensitized on the evil consequences of their nefarious act to the economy and the people of Nigeria.

Attributing the low power supply currentlybeingexperienced in the country today to the vandalism of some gas pipelines across the country, Fashola declared, “We are ready and willing to supply power but as I have said before, our power plants are no different from your generators at home, if you don’t have fuel you cannot operate the power plants”.

“The main source of about 23 of our power plants is gas, so when people break the gas line it’s like breaking the diesel tank or your petrol tank that supplies your generator at home and that’s why the power situation is currently this bad, so, as soon as we restore those gas pipelines, power will improve”, he assured.

On government’s plans concerning other renewable sources of power, the Minister disclosed that there are proposals that government is currently receiving especially from those who want to do solar and other forms of renewable energy adding that the major incentive for such investment was the market.

According to him, “There is a big and extensive waiting market, perhaps, none of its type in Europe, a market with a promise of very rewarding returns on investment. That, in itself, is an investment incentive”.

The Minister recalled that he held a meeting last week with about 15 to 20 solar energy developers from which they ultimately rose with a resolution that the promoters should write their own business efficiency proposals to government who, according to him, are regulators and are to enable them to be able to carry out their business adding that he is hoping to receive the proposals sometime this week.

On what his Ministry is doing to ensure that Nigerians are metered, Fashola, who said government is already doing a lot in that direction, added that it was one of the reasons for the monthly meetings which his Ministry holds with all the Power Sector operators, including the Distribution Companies (DisCos).

Advising journalists, as stakeholders in the power supply process, to endeavor to read the various Communiques that are issued after the monthly meetings, Fashola said the Communiqués always carry a lot of information and provide answers to some of the frequently asked questions by the general public concerning the sector including the distribution of meters.

“The idea is to have a more reliable source of information on the Power Sector through that once we finish our monthly meetings and we issued a Communiqué”, the Minister said adding that from the monthly meetings in Shiroro and also in Enugu too, his Ministry was monitoring the metering programme and compliance.

He, however, pleaded for patience and understanding from Nigerians arguing that if for 66 years up to 2013, when the Power sector was privatized,the various electricity agencies of government could not meter all Nigerians, it would only be reasonable to expect that it would take some time more than three years to do what has been impossible to do for 66 years.

“I think that is the context, but we are ramping up and the DisCos are committing to a programme on metering”, the Minister said adding that the DisCos are not only being monitored as to what they are doing but “they are under obligation to submit to us the list of people they have metered so that we can go and check”.

Describing the Power process as a result driven business, Fashola said until every Nigerian got metered, government would not consider the job done adding, “I understand that and it will happen but be patient, be encouraging, be supportive and be understanding. It has taken this long and if we have waited for this long we won’t wait for that long again to complete it, we are setting targets and we want to be realistic too otherwise we will become incredible and unbelievable, we also want a system to evolve”.

The Minister called on the DisCos to endeavour to be alert to the problems occurring in their jurisdictions adding that some of the complaints that come to him directly from consumers across the country should be theirs to resolve. He pointed out that his responsibility was to intervene wherever there were disputes the DisCos could not handle and resolve such issues.

Calling for change also in the attitude of consumers, Fashola recalled some instances where distribution companies have sent their staff out to go and collect bills and such staff were stabbed and matcheted, adding, “How do we in good conscience send out people to go and work in that community when we know they are going to be matcheted”.

“So these are all the things that should change,there is a lot of problems but I am optimistic that they can be solved”, the Minister promised but called for a change in attitude adding, “People who have used electricity for decades without paying, suddenly to wake up and say they must pay for something that has been essentially free that will take some time to manage, that’s part of the change and adaptation and I am sure that we will overcome these challenges and they are temporary”.

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86 comments

  1. This same fashola told us in 2014 that a serious govt will solve power problem in six months, what goes around comes around.

  2. His children will keep vigil on those facilities

  3. No doubt some people are vandals They are far from being human but beasts Let us all be vigilant & take govt properties as if they are ours challenge all suspected vandals & bring them to book

  4. So you expect citizen without an ordinary catapult to face vandals, oga fasola? This statement depict your incompetency in that ministry. Better resign.

    • Protecting facilities those not need carrying arms all u are being ask to do report advise anybody who by chance discuss such with u even mobilized members of ur community to watch over such facilities if not u nd me will suffer most not fashola nor d president

    • Are Balogun watch over with what? You are contradicting your self…Fashola is asking NIGERIANS to be patient and keep paying for what they don’t make use of.

  5. Six(6) months never still reach? MUMU.

  6. When will this govt get out of campaign mode and switch on governance mode? Would somebody near them shake them up and remind them it is a year they came to power in a few days!

  7. @Fashola,taking care of vandalism is full responsibility of government,is part of governance,draw a roadmap on how to handle it,how then you increase the tariff,yet you came up with another excuse,enough pls,do your job

  8. Facilities that does not produce light? If they are enjoying at the expense of the poor taxpayers, they should let us rest o

  9. Fashola should know dat time is running out. He should fix d power sector in d miraculous fashion he had postulated during GEJ’s tenure. Its action time, not propoganda time! He should sendi DSS to secure d facilities, and not hungry Nigerians!

  10. Fashola abeg support us with your salary first.

  11. Clueless bunch of fanatically corrupt Idiots!!!!!.

  12. True it’s achievable if we stop bombing oil & gas pipe line nd protect oda facilities

  13. do something first. we are now from bad to worst

  14. I have never seen a bunch of incompetent liars as d ones am seeing in dis Buhari led govt..only God will heal our land

  15. Mr fashola pls when are u going to give us light? Employe more civil defence corps to improve security round to protect yr equipments.

  16. Idiot n animal speakin again

  17. Big mouth. Where is light now?

  18. Rubbish…. Let ur children mount as vigilante 1st

  19. Just as you did to JONATHAN.

  20. Idiot man speaking which did you protect when you are saying against those handling it before.

  21. Fashola Am highly disappointed Sir.

  22. Yeye man, how much will be their salary for the gateman work

  23. Na so so story story. Fashola action please.

  24. When you were campaigning you thought its beans. Talk is usually cheap. Face your job and get the work done. No excuses

  25. I heard that APC paid vandals in time past for what they know how to do best, “out of patriotic zeal”.
    WHAT GOES ROUND COMES AROUND.

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  27. Abeg una story too much. No light. We dey pay for light wey we no see. That one no be corruption ? Prepaid meter story.

  28. Without light u still give us estimated bills. Be rest assured dt ur facilities are not safe bc pple are angry

  29. This man is confused you asked for mandate we gave you what other cooperation again do you need from us ? Blood? Arab spring will visit Nigeria soon then you will know we are not kidding

  30. Kpako Lawyer Wey Neva Court B4

  31. Fashola is a failure as a minister. He should shut up.

  32. It was easier to condenm others. They too faced all these problems so find solutions. Don’t ask citizens to do your work. You are paid & we are not. Instead we pay heavily for light we don’t get.

  33. WHAT A FOOLISH CALL, FROM A MAN WHO GRAMMATICALLY TAUGHT THAT LAST ADMINISTRATION HOW TO PROVIDE LIGHT IN SIX MONTHS….. TRUTH THE HEART OF MAN IS DESPERATELY WICKED AND DECEITFUL, ONLY SCHEME HIMSELF INTO POWER, HIS VOICE AND LANGUAGE HAS CHANGE…..MAI BAKI BIU INJI HAUSAWA……

  34. Nearly one year in office. Clue clueless.

  35. THE FED GOVT SHOULD RECALL PROF NEBOH BACK TO THE POWER SECTOR. …FASHOLA HAS NOTHING TO OFFER.

  36. Fashola is a disater to our power.

  37. Fashola is a disaster to our power.

  38. If am to protect power supply facilities than why are u the minister of power or are u not be paid for d job?

  39. We need allowance to keep us awake Just like u mr fashola

  40. Fashola pls pls pls resign as u can’t deliver.”successful people give results while failures give excuses “.

  41. This is the only country that people feel it is right to destroy what is good for their well being. When you don’t protect by reporting you will suffer for the lack. Your failure to report vandals means you will continue to be in darkness and non of the ministers will loose their job .

  42. Mr fashola, tell people to deviate from disconnecting people’s light.

  43. Which cop rate if u can’t handle that position it will be better for u to quit de positions

  44. Talk is cheap, wen PDP complain of pipeline vandals the APC criticized them nd said they don’t know how to do the job nd that they are incompetent, now the APC is learning their lessons now from the militant nd they crying like baby. they jst think running a country like Nigeria is butter nd bread. all of them in the APC are having headache now.

  45. Good to here that but make it come to pass first,Oga minister B4 we can really actualize uninterrupt stable power supply,it must be control by government,if not all your effort render will be make useless by those PHCN saboteurs,all they re after is 4 Nigerians to buy generator,fuel,power bank nd gas,at this globe age,where Ghana,Ivory coast,South Africa ve stable constant light,nd thy says we re giant of Africa,is big disgrace 2 the past nd present leaders of Nigerians,selfish nd greediness in a meaningles world!

  46. When E comes to power !! fashola know noting

  47. Uncle wait, when u increase tariff did u invites hungry citizens to help u actualize dt, how come u invites us now to come and do security work without pay? Fowl shit for ur head? Ur children are available or can’t der do d security work? Oga fasho,, vandalism existed b4 u accepted the position,,,mad people Lie Muhammad created masquerade work in his ministry,_ now u creates security work without pay,,, we reject such in Jesus name,, amen nnnn

  48. He was a spectator who feels that scoring a goal is by pointing of hand. You cannot mock God.

  49. I dont think dat anything good will ever come from Fashola,he like to inflict problems, hardship nd suffering on people.

  50. We will cooperate, just do ur own part.

  51. Who been dey protect am before? When ona never get power ona think say the people wey dey there no dey do anything ba? We need 20000mw by 2019 produce am no complaints

  52. Fashola, has run out of ideas, why are you the Minister you should find a solution to that, it’s your job do it, all we need is power supply don’t add to our already existing problem that you’re party has put us through

  53. They give you work that more than your power, it is beter you act

  54. Don’t you see dis minister of darkness @ it again. Why did he increase the tariff in d first place? Me dat receive no kobo frm ur criminal act shud go and open my chest to wedge those ur boko haram men hmnn. Thunder fire ur mouth.

  55. Fashola,no story you re more then six months in office,solve power problems in six months as you told gej govt and stop lamenting.or is hungry nigerians that wil become army over night to protect ur facilities for you to enjoy ac in the office.

  56. Fashola,no story you re more then six months in office,solve power problems in six months as you told gej govt and stop lamenting.or is hungry nigerians that wil become army over night to protect ur facilities for you to enjoy ac in the office.

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