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Nigerians to stop use of generators soon–FG

Abuja – Vice-President Namadi Sambo has assured Nigerians that the use of generators will soon become history in view of  the huge  investment of government  in the  power sector.

Sambo gave the  assurance when members of  the board and management of the Academy for Entrepreneurial Studies (AES) paid him a courtesy visit  at the State House in Abuja.

He said  adequate measures had been put in place by the Federal Government to ensure adequate power generation, transmission and distribution, noting that Nigerians had started witnessing improved electricity supply across the country.

Sambo said only competent and reputable companies would be allowed to handle the nation’s  power sector to ensure efficient and effective electricity supply.

“ I want to assure you that we are doing everything to see that by the end of the day, the power sector is handed over to competent, experienced companies that would able to meet our objectives of ensuring that we have adequate power in this country.

“We have good management of our power system, and that this issue of generators will be history.

“In this regard, we are doing everything to encourage the private sector.

“ In fact, for  any private sector operator today that is ready to invest in the power sector, we  will provide securitisation for the investment,’’ he said.

The vice president also said the Federal Government was doing all it could to address all security challenges to boost socio-economic activities in the country.

He said the Federal Government would also look into the possibility of  partnering with state governments in ensuring surveillance to enhance security of  lives and properties in the country.

According to him, government is also looking into the  provision of  decent accommodation for  officers and men of the Nigeria Police as part of  efforts to boost their morale.

In his remarks, the President of  AES, Dr Ausbeth Ajagu, said  the fundamental ideology behind the establishment of the academy was that Nigerians  had no reason to remain poor given the rich endowments of the nation.

He called on the Federal Government to conclude the sale of  PHCN to competent, technical and financially viable companies to ensure stable supply of electricity.

Ajagu also urged the government to outlaw the use of generators in all PHCN offices nationwide as a means of cutting down corruption and making the sector work.

He further stressed the need for the introduction of community policing  as well as increment in  manpower and operational capacity of the various security agencies. (NAN)


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