Poor management, bane of Nigeria’s power sector – Fashola

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The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, has insisted that the challenges facing the power sector is not technical but manmade, The Guardian reports.

Speaking at a dinner organised by the Petroleum Club in Lagos last week, he clarified, “some people have said because I am not an engineer is the reason for continued power instability. But many people have served before me that are engineers and the challenges in power are still there, though I acknowledge their efforts.” He added; “Most of the problems in the sector are not engineering but manmade. For instance, we have a situation where close to 900 containers that have switches, feeders, control units meant for the power plants are trapped in our own ports for almost a decade.”

In addition, he said: “today, the power is largely controlled by the private sector, that is the Distribution Companies (Discos) and the generating companies (Gencos)[…]so if we are not generating or distributing power, whose fault? Government is only the manager of the transmitting company.” He continued, “The problem is also a value chain issue; you don’t solve one and leave the other. If Nigerians understand the situation on ground, they will be more considerate in their assessment and work with us to get there.”