Electricity: ‘I’ll declare war’ on power sector, vows Obi

Alade Abayomi ADeleke
Alade Abayomi ADeleke

The presidential candidate of the Labor Party, Peter Obi, at the Chatham House on Monday said he is going to declare war on power in Nigeria.This, he said, referring to the challenges ravaging the power sector of the country.The former Anambra state governor speaking on: ‘House On Policy Changes governance in Nigeria’ said that Nigeria’s power sector does not have enough capacity to serve the population density of the country.He lamented how a country like South Africa with about 60 million citizens would declare emergency on its power sector because it was producing about 40,000 to 50,000 MW, yet, Nigeria, who has about 200 million citizens is producing about 5000 to 6000 MW is comfortable with it.He said, “We are going to turn around the power sector. Nigeria generates 5000 to 6000 MW of electricity for 200 million people and South Africa, the second biggest in terms of the economy in the continent with 60 million people generates 40 to 50 MW.”And South Africa in the past three months have declared emergency in power and said anybody can generate up to 100MW without license.”So, somebody who is 60 million generating about over 40,000 declared emergency, what do you think somebody with 200 million people generating 5000 to 6000 will do? War!”I’m going to declare war on power and I will solve it. Anybody who stands on the way, so be it.”

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