Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has assured Nigerians that electricity supply would be stabilized soon – Expresses confidence that President Muhammadu Buhari’s 10,000 megawatts target would be met – Blames acts of vandalism for some of the energy problems experienced in the country The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has blamed the recent power outages in some parts of the country on the breakdown of four power turbines. Speaking on Channels Television on Thursday, March 31, Fashola said there is currently not enough power to distribute unless more turbines are switched on.
He however assured Nigerians that electricity supply would be stabilized soon as three of the four turbines have been restored. He said: “Yesterday morning we had some outages in Jebba but I am happy to report now that all the four turbines that were down, three have been restored, so there is stability now. “It is important why the power coming from Aba is defining, its part of what I’ve spoken about. There is not enough power in the country. “So how do you share what is not enough such that everybody gets enough? Its difficult, if not impossible. “So what we need to do is to get more power on. So about 200 megawatts coming from there is good news for the market,” he said.
The minister also expressed confidence that President Muhammadu Buhari’s 10,000 megawatts target would be met. He however, blamed acts of vandalism for some of the energy problems experienced in the country. “Everyone of us must contribute something now to solve the problem; it a problem we can solve. That will reduce the number of people who are contributing to being the problem. “So those who are vandalizing electricity assets, those who are selling stolen cable, those who are not paying their bills and those diverting electricity are all problems,” he said. Meanwhile, the former special assistant on new media to Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, has taken a swipe at Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) the minister of power, works and housing over poor power supply in the country.
In a series of tweets posted on Thursday, March 31, Omokri took a swipe at Fashola, adding that the minsiter is a brilliant SAN who performed well in Lagos, but specialized ministries, like power, require experts, eg. engineer, to deliver!