- The minister of power, works and housing, Babatunde Fashola says the government has concluded plans on sustainable power development and supply strategy to tackle the power crisis
- Says government of President Muhammadu Buhari cannot continue to depend only on gas to provide power to Nigerians
The minister of power, works and housing, Babatunde Fashola has ascribed the recent drop in power supply in the country to the recent attacks on gas pipelines in the Niger Delta region by militants.
Fashola speaking on issues affecting the sector at an inaugural town hall forum on Thursday, June 16 said the government had concluded plans on sustainable power development and supply strategy to tackle the power crisis.
According to the Tribune, he pointed out that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari could not continue to depend only on gas to provide power to Nigerians.
He said: “Thinking is what the Kukah Centre brings, and thinking through about the apparent solution brings out a better solution.
“The optimum power we have produced in 66 years is 5,074 megawatts and that happened on February 2, 2016. It is clear that 5,000 megawatts of power is not enough for the country and that is why our first step is getting more power and that is the method of incremental power as the first phase.
“Second phase is steady power and it means everybody gets enough power, and whether we get enough power or not, we need data and census, which is necessary in order to know what power each household needs.
“The third phase, uninterrupted power, is how we can use energy, being energy conscious we are, energy conserving we are and our lifestyle towards energy matters.
Meanwhile, Nigerians have continued to question the ability of the minister of works, power and housing to deliver in his duties as minister.
The latest critricsm of the former lagos state governor comes following statement credited to him during an interview with Channels TV where he said the challenges in the power sector can be traced to 1950 when the first electricity ordinance was passed.
Following his interview, some Nigerians accused the minister of giving excuses for his lack of performance, while others said they have had enough of talk and demanded that Fashola gives them