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If Nigerians don’t have electricity, it is not the government’s problem – Minister of power, Fashola

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Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said that it is not the Federal government’s problem if some Nigerians do not have electricity.

According to Punch newspaper, the Minister made this statement 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.

2 COMMENTS

  1. We love to shift blames for our failures. Make things work. Didn’t you promise constant power supply during your campaigns in 2015? We voted APC in so that they can bring change, but all we get every now and then are complaints and excuses and blames.

  2. Some people have definitely lost their senses!
    This was the same person accusing the previous administration of ineptitude in the issue of electric power. He claimed, “any serious administration should fix the power problem within 6months…. ” This is 4years down the line and all he has to offer is blame shifting, as is their stock in trade. If you head an institution and can’t get those under you to perform, be they a group of privately owned companies or federal staff, you are a FAILURE!!!! Period!

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