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How Jonathan can tackle power problems, by Nwokedi

By Bashir Adefaka

LAGOS—The Acting President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has been reminded of the effect of putting the cart before the horse in the present effort toward solving the dragging power problem facing the country, presently.

Former Press Secretary to the Head of State during General Olusegun Obasanjo military regime, Igwe Ezeoba Nwokedi made the observation in Lagos, when he spoke to Vanguard on the government’s steps at solving the power problem facing the country.

Igwe, who applauded the Acting President, said setting up a committee on power before going round to see what the problems actually were, would not do the government and the nation any good.

He said going round to see physically what the power problems were across the country had become imperative because, there are  many rural areas that had been left without being catered for in terms of  electricity supply.

“For example, rural electrification is no more in vogue, even where lights are vandalized for years, the problems are never corrected.  The light in my place, Achalla, was vandalized long ago  and for 15 months now, we have not had light and all these while, we get our power supply from private generators. “I have to appeal to the Acting President that he should get experts like Edmund Kaine in Enugu and others of that quality to go round the country and see the problems of electricity before forming committee.  You don’t form the committee before seeing the problems, it is after seeing the problems that you form a committee, which will then advise you on what to do,” he said.


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