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Fashola surrenders, says only a magician can fix Nigeria’s electricity woes

The Minister of Works and Housing says only a magician can fix Nigeria's poor electricity woes overnight.


Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, says only a magician can fix Nigeria’s perennial electricity problem overnight.

Fashola made the remarks on Thursday, October 18, 2018 during the inauguration of the 2x100MVA, 132/33kV power transformers at the Ejigbo Transmission Substation, Lagos.

ElombahNews recalls that Fashola when he was Lagos state governor was quoted as saying that any serious government can fix Nigeria’s electricity problem in 6 months.

Fashola was appointed minister of power by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 to take charge of electricity.

On November 11th 2015, he was appointed by Buhari to be the Minister of Power, Works and Housing; he was reappointed Minister of Works & Housing on the 21st of August 2019.

Nigeria’s electricity supply to homes hasn’t gone past the 7,000megawatts mark at the best of times.

But Fashola says Buhari has improved power sector.

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Commending the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) for the ongoing projects across the country, Fashola said: “we have come to hand over this expanded transmission substation, the Ejigbo Transmission Substation, to the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company.

“This substation was built in 1970; the capacity was 60MVA then; except for the addition of another 60MVA, this community has grown exponentially; so they have exceeded the installed capacity here.

“Between that time and when President Buhari came three years ago, some people were there. But they will come back to you; so, when they come back, ask them if they didn’t know where to buy transformers.

“The problem of electricity is slowly being solved, one by one. Anybody will tell you he will do magic; tell him, ‘How?’ He should explain to you. We inherited 800 containers for power equipment left in the port for 10 years. President Buhari gave us approval, and we have recovered 690.”

Fashola added that there are 90 ongoing transmission projects across the country. He also said Nigerians now burn less petrol and diesel to power their homes because electricity supply has vastly improved.

Power supply remains poor across Nigeria and load shedding is commonplace.

In November 2018, the nation’s power plants generated a miserable 3,762.60MW. Total output stood at 3,903.50MW on Monday, November 12, according to data from the Nigeria Electricity System Operator.

But the Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, told Nigerians that it is really not the federal government’s problem if power supply remains poor across the nation. Fashola made the declaration at the Nextier Power Dialogue on the night of Wednesday, December 12, 2018.

Fashola told his listeners that since the power sector has been privatized, Nigerians should be channeling their outrage to the private investors who acquired power assets in the preceding dispensation. He added that his role as power minister is to fashion out policies and ensure that these policies are implemented.

‘If you don’t have power, that’s not the government’s problem’, he stated.

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