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Jonathan will not declare Power Emergency

By Oscarline Onwuemenyi

Perhaps in a bid to avoid the mistakes of the past, the Minister of State for Power, Arc. Nuhu Somo Wya, has stated that the present administration of Acting President Goodluck Jonathan would not declare an emergency for the power sector, even though it was committed to a complete rehabilitation of the sector.

Wya, who made the disclosure in an interview with correspondents in Abuja after resuming work, noted that the ministry would do more of project monitoring and evaluation, rather than sitting down in meetings.

He further warned that “no director will be found sitting in the air-conditioned office. The electricity cannot be generated in the office, it can only be generated from the power plants.”

According to him, “There is no declaration of state of emergency, but we are working in an emergency manner. We are getting all the stakeholders involved to participate in this committee because power is a chain of many stakeholders, from the fuel to the generation, the transmission, to distribution, involved a lot of people.”

The minister of state explained that the immediate objective of government “is to improve the power supply to the generality of Nigerians, get sufficient gas, reinforce our transmission and distribution networks and ensure that whatever has been put on ground is improved and sustained, to create an enabling environment for the private sector to come in and invest, to make the power sector a very conducive environment for both present and new participants.

“We are going to explore in the medium term other sources of energy. We have many dams that had been constructed by the water resources; they have huge hydro electric potential. We are going to tap into those resources so that we can give Nigerians more electricity delivered to the point of consumption,” he added.


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