We're Addressing Root Cause Of Power Sector Problems -Minister

The Federal Government of Nigeria has asserted that it is currently working on addressing the root cause of the challenges in the power sector to find a lasting solution to them.

Adebayo Adelabu who is the Minister of Power said this while addressing reporters after a meeting with some All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders at the Oyo State secretariat of the party in Oke-Ado, Ibadan.

The minister pointed out that President Bola Tinubu was determined to change the narrative in the power sector.

He said: “I want to use this opportunity to reassure Nigerians that the government of President Bola Tinubu is ready and determined to change the face of things in the power sector, to change the game in the power sector. This is why we are addressing the root cause of the power sector problems.

“We are addressing all the problems associated with all the segments of the power sector value chain – from gas supply to generation, to transmission, to distribution and to the customers themselves. There are a lot of things that we are doing that Nigerians will soon start seeing.

“Yes, there are pockets of improvements here and there, but that is not where we are going. We are still going to Eldorado whereby every Nigerian will be able to enjoy adequate, stable, functional and reliable power supply.”

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Adebayo urged Nigerians to exercise patience with the Tinubu administration, saying the temporary pains would soon turn gains.

“But let me tell you that it is a journey and not a destination. We will start seeing this improvement as we are seeing now to improve. This is because when you are repairing, you will still suffer some damages, you will still suffer some pains.

“When they were repairing the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway for 10 years, people were having traffic jam and getting held up in serious traffic until they finished the road.

“So, while we are repairing, people must help us to bear the little pains that will come with it. But at the end of the day, we will make gains. For you to make an omelet, you must break eggs. This is the period of breaking the eggs. Very soon, we will start eating our omelet.

“I am determined to solve the problems in the power sector and Nigerians will start singing our good songs very soon,” he added.

Commenting on the government’s effort at addressing the meter gaps in the country, the minister said President Tinubu had set up Presidential Metering Initiative (PMI) and committed a seed capital of about N75 billion to ensure that at least 2 million meters are installed in the next five years.

Adebayo said the PMI would harmonise all other mass metering initiatives under one umbrella and ensure that the project takes off immediately.

Africa Today News, New York

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