- Sale Mamman, the minister of power accuses a certain cabal of hampering the development of the power sector
- The minister makes the accusation following reactions that trailed the suspension of some top officials in the ministry
- Mamman says the cabals have affected the entire industry which prompted the government to act with the goal of improving power in the country
Sale Mamman, minister of power has claimed that Nigerians are being denied electricity by a certain cabal in his ministry who want to perpetuate themselves in power.
The minister made the claim on Monday, January 6, following reactions that trailed the suspension of some top officials in the ministry, The Cable reports.
Mamman in a statement through Aaron Artimas, his media aide, said the cabals in the power ministry are working against government efforts to reposition the power sector for efficiency.
When denying the accusation of ethnic bias, he said the activities of the cabal had affected the entire industry which prompted the government to remedy the situation with the goal of improving power in the country.
“When he assumed duty barely five months ago, Mamman was never under any illusion that his job was going to be a walk in the garden," the ministry said.
“Soon after we began to hear of a cabal which held the ministry by the throat and denying Nigerians the full value of their huge investments in the power sector."
The ministry of power accused the said cabal of sponsoring the claim that the ministry under the new minister was biased in addition to resisting any form of re-organisation meant to re-position the sector for better performance.
Meanwhile, the federal government has said that there are no plans to increase electricity tariff for consumers in Nigeria.
Daily Trust reports that the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) said it has not approved any increase in tariff for consumers.
The general manager, public affairs for NERC, Usman Arabi, on Sunday, January 5, said reports that NERC has ordered an increase in electricity tariff for users is false.
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