By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Monsuru Olowoopejo
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has said the only way to get uninterrupted electricity supply in the country is to vote out the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP from power in the forthcoming 2015 general elections.
Meantime, the governor assured residents of his commitment towards improving the tempo of development in the state till the end of his tenure, saying the Ago Palace Way road and Ijegun, Isolo- Ikotun Link Bridge projects would be completed soon.
Fashola made the remarks yesterday at the commemoration of his 2,600 days in office at an elaborate ceremony held at the Blue Roof, Lagos Television premises.
While responding to various questions from the audience, he said electricity crisis in the country was as a result of lack of ideas and insincerity of purpose on the part of the Federal Government.
“I agree that it is possible to generate electricity and to make sure that everybody in this country has electricity. I agree with you it is simple with what we have done in Lagos within the areas where we are constrained showed that it can be done. But the only way you and I will have electricity in this country is to vote out the PDP.”
“In 16 years, hundreds of billions of naira had been spent on power supply and we cannot switch on electricity for the entire country. But in seven years, we (Lagos State Government) have created four plants, it showed that something is missing. Unless you vote for the All Progressives Congress, APC to change an inefficient government, it is going to be difficult to have electricity.
“They started from vision 2020-20 and I told you then that they were having nightmare, that there was no vision. They moved to seven-point agenda and now they are transforming.
“Let me also say that in the last seven years, we need to ask how many new power plants the Federal Government has commissioned because sometimes the power that is coming to Lagos at most is 1000 mega watts often times it is 600, at other times 800 mega watts.”
“I appreciate the problem of distribution of power, that was why the state government established the transformer manufacturing company, which has afforded the state government the opportunity to distribute transformers to several communities in the state,” the governor added.
Fashola lamented that the inefficiency of the central government on power forced establishing the state government transformer manufacturing company and distribute transformers, to communities in Lagos.
In the area of infrastructural development, he said the state government completed so many road projects across the state within the period, noting that 205 roads projects are at various stages of construction in the state.