By Emma Arubi
WARRIâ€”A Sapele-based hotelier, Mr. Ben Tobi, has suggested that gas turbine engine should be used to power the electricity need of the country, instead of building dams that are not functional and yet very expensive.
Mr. Tobi also stated that those at the helms of affairs at the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) were incompetent to manage the power sector, but commended the Sapele district business manager for ensuring prompt repairs of faults where they are brought to the knowledge of the office.
In an exclusive chat with Vanguard in Sapele, the retired Chevron worker said instead of wastefully burning off our gas resources through flaring, the government should liaise with oil companies using gas turbine engine to power their operations and large housing estates and see how the nationâ€™s gas could be converted to effectively cover the entire country or some region.
He said it will be cheaper, economical and make electricity freely available to all, as less payment would be made by the consuming public.
Mr. Tobi noted Sapele community as a very peaceful one without inter-ethnic violence or friction, as witnessed in most urban cities, saying the Ijaw, Itsekiri, Okpe, Urhobo and indeed all tribes living in the cities were living harmoniously.
He also said that occasional misunderstanding by individuals could not be ruled out, as in every normal society in the course of daily living and business.
He commended the federal governmentâ€™s amnesty gesture to the militants, but said the right thing was to develop the region from where the nation gets its revenue, instead of allowing the situation to deteriorate to its present level before taking action.
According to him, the militants should embrace the amnesty and allow peace to reign so that development can take place.
Tobi condemned the wanton destruction of oil facilities across the country, saying that it does not make sense at all.