- Mele Kyari, the NNPC boss has said that many Nigerians are struggling to feed themselves for a day
- Kyari said that this is why electricity supply is still a luxury in the country
- The NNPC' director said that the issue of poverty must be tackled before the federal government delves into renewable energy venture
According to Mele Kyari, the group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), it is lamentable that electricity has become a luxury to citizens of the country.
Kyari said that before the federal government goes into the issue of renewable energy, it must first deal with the availability of power supply, The Nation reports.
The NNPC boss said that currently, many Nigerians are still struggling to provide themselves with a meal for a day, while full power supply is reserved for the rich and mighty.
He said: “For this country and very many of us in sub-Saharan Africa, what we worry about today is actually the meals of today. There are many who can’t afford a meal a day. And of course, electricity is largely a luxury; it’s only for the elite, like all of us here.
“It is the dream of very many to have I-pass-my-neighbour in their homes. When you say, ‘do not use fossil fuel,’ but you have not provided alternatives. The world has not looked at their situation."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has disclosed that the national grid had been restored after a system collapse on Thursday, January 16.
Ndidi Mbah, the general manager, TCN's public affairs department, disclosed that the fault on the power grid was restored on Friday, January 17. “Full restoration of the grid was achieved at 2:19am today (Friday),” Mbah, said.
The TCN explained that the initial disturbance of the grid was a partial collapse of the system. The electricity company stated that during the partial collapse, the grid was still supplying power to Port-Harcourt, Aba, Omoku, Yenegoa, Afam, among others.
The company said shortly after the grid collapsed, it immediately began the process of fixing the problem.
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