By Daniel Idonor
KANO—THE Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, yesterday attributed Nigeria’s current socio-economic woes to bad leadership perpetrated by the country’s past leaders, which gave rise to epileptic  power supply to Kano State and other parts of Nigeria.

He spoke as President Goodluck Jonathan assured the government and the people of Kano State that the current improved power supply to the commercial nerve centre city of Northern Nigeria and other parts would be sustained and improved upon.

Jonathan commissions power project

The President yesterday switched on the 330/132/33 Kumbotso Transmission Substation, thus ending 32-years zero investment in electricity generation and transmission in the ancient city of Kano.

Receiving President Jonathan who paid a one-day visit to Kano State, in his palace, Alhaji Bayero said if past governments had invested in the power sector before now, the current challenges from the sector would have been reduced to a bearable minimum.

He, therefore, commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his sound leadership quality which has led to improved electricity supply in the recent past, and urged the government not to only sustained the trend but even improve on it.

The royal father pointed out that with improved electricity, the present high level unemployment, particularly in the North and across the country, could be reduced significantly, adding that Nigeria’s current socio-economic problems could be overcome with good leadership.

Emir tasks Jonathan on security

He appealed to the president to ensure the security of lives and property of all Nigerians at all times, as no meaningful development could be achieved under an atmosphere devoid of peace and security.

Earlier, President Jonathan, who was welcomed into the palace of the Emir by power outage which didn’t last for two minutes, assured that he was in Kano to ensure that regular power outage “like the one I just witnessed while I was entering your Palace does not occurs  again.”

He disclosed that the commissioning of the power project in Kano which had been tested was the beginning of things to come to Nigerians, adding that more similar projects were being commissioned across the country to increase power supply to users.

Calling for the support of the people of Kano State to enable the Federal Government succeed in its developmental agenda for the country, Jonathan vowed that “by this time next year, the current power situation in Kano would have been improved so much that this type of every 30 minutes power outage will be a thing of the past.”

He said while he wouldn’t promise anyone the specific capacity to be generated within a particular period of time, government had put adequate plans in place to ensure that in the next five years, nobody will be talking of constant power failure.

According to him, the Federal Government is committed to the provision of social infrastructure capable of relaunching Nigeria into a sound economic footing that would be the pride of Africa.


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