The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen Muhammadu Buhari, has promised to provide 20,000 megawatts (mw) of electricity in the first four years of government.
The former head of state made the promise at the weekend through the APC's Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO), saying that if elected to rule Nigeria once again he will improve the power situation in the country significantly.
PM NEWS reports that the 20,000mw of electricity that Gen Buhari promised in four years will surpass Nigeria’s present consumption level of around 15,000mw.
According to the statement issued by Mallam Garba Shehu, the spokesman of APCPCO, it expressed dismay that the federal government under President Goodluck has only added 1.400mw to the national grid in four years.
The APC campaign organisation accused the Peoples Democratic Party of wasting billions of naira on non-existent power, managing to add a yearly average of 87 megawatts of electricity, showing a massive failure to substantially raise the generation and distribution of electric power despite promises and a cash infusion of between $16 billion and $20 billion.
“Nearly 16 years of PDP administration gave this country a miserly addition of 1,400 Mega Watts against the expenditure of more than $16 billion. That translates to 18.5 MW per annum”.
“This abysmal power production and distribution, with its attendant socio-economic implications, is the most irresponsible thing a government can do to its people. The appalling lack of capacity to deal with just any problem confronting this country and the lack of vision and commitment to dealing with electricity supply was just one of the myriads of the others begging for attention.
“The only conclusion to draw from this is that the PDP is more interested in feathering the nest of importers of generators than in the wellbeing of Nigerian citizens and their businesses.”
Meanwhile, the statement also quoted Buhari as saying that he will not run a witch hunt government if he becomes Nigeria's next president but that he will not hesitate to deal decisively with cases of impunity and corruption.
According to the statement, Buhari also showed concern about the armed forces' inability to effectively deal with manifest security threats, including the Boko Haram terrorism, despite huge budgetary allocations.
“What he said at every given opportunity is that he is keenly interested in knowing what has gone wrong, if any, with the army that he knew. When he has access to them as Commander-in-Chief, he will like to hear from his commanders what problems they are dealing with so that they can be solved,” the statement said.
“In a democracy such as ours, all institutions of government, including the armed forces, are accountable. No country can achieve results in its counter-terrorism efforts when there is no transparency in the management of huge resources for the purpose. He (Gen. Buhari) will reinvigorate the armed forces and restore their rapidly evaporating morale,” it added.
Meanwhile, Vice President Namadi Sambo last week stated that Nigeria had the capacity to transmit additional power being generated by the 10 new power plants.
Sambo made the statement at the PDP presidential rally in Akure, Ondo.
The Vice President noted that the federal government had successfully constructed 3,500 kilometres of transmission lines to provide effective evacuation of the additional power being generated in the country.
“The power generation in Nigeria was about 2,000mw. Today, we are generating over 4,500mw.
“Yesterday, I was watching the television and somebody, I think, on Channels Television, who called himself an expert, said we did not have the capacity to transmit power from the 10 new power plants we constructed.