- The minister of power, works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said that the federal government is making moves to improve the sector
- Fashola said that the federal government is doing its utmost to create a new generation of businessmen in Nigeria’s electricity sector
- He further said that not less than 108 firms have registered with federal general to take over electricity metering supply for Nigerians
Babatunde Fashola, the minister of power, works and housing, has said that the federal government is doing its utmost to bring about a new generation of businessmen in Nigeria’s electricity sector, Guardians reports.
Speaking on Sunday, January 20, in the Alaka area of lagos, Fashola revealed that the businesses would be mainly in the metering segment of the sector, which he noted was presently going through tough times.
He went on to say that not less than 108 firms have registered with federal government to take over electricity metering supply to customers and ensure that Nigerians are properly metered.
Fashola also stated more projects targeted at development in the sector will be concluded because of the importance; he added that Nigerians should endeavour to pursue the same aspiration by ensuring continuity.
He said: “Most of the difficulties we are facing today are products of our past decisions. But the government remains committed to prospering the common man.
“The path to prosperity is tough; but those who persevere will benefit.”Fashola said the electricity distribution companies (DisCos) would be introducing the new metering companies to customers on their networks."
He said that the development would generate employment for Nigerians and further ensure transparency in the sector.
He also expressed certainty that petroleum products would be distributed through the railway when the rail projects were completed, as against the use of tankers.
He also revealed to residents in the area of a new power substation at Ijora, Lagos, which will ensure uninterrupted supply.
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The minister further said: “Infrastructure development is key to ending youth unemployment. Government can only do the little it can to employ citizens, but the private sector will do more leveraging on available infrastructure.”
Fashola urged Nigerians to give the federal government the chance to do more, referring to the forthcoming elections as a means to achieve same.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Fashola had announced the approval of 108 firms for the supply of meters to electricity consumers in the country.
Fashola made the announcement during the continuation of his neighbourhood consultations/campaign for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 in the Surulere local government of Lagos on Sunday, January 20.
Legit.ng gathered that at his own ward G3, Fashola reeled out the achievements of Buhari which included improved power supply.
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