Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN) has been slammed a 30-day ultimatum by a civil society group to revive the ailing power sector or resign his appointment as a minister of the federal republic.
Apparently agitated by the lingering epileptic power supply in the country, particularly in the South East zone, the group – Campaign for Democracy, CD gave the ultimatum in a press statement issued in Onitsha, Anambra state, on Friday.
The statement signed by CD’s National Publicity Secretary, Dede Uzor A. Uzor said Fashola has failed woefully to increase the megawatt from 4,320 where he met it since two years ago to till date.
Rather, Fashola has allowed the megawatt to decrease to less than 1,000 at the moment, a situation which according to the group, forced Nigerians to witness zero megawatt on January 30, this year with a total nationwide power blackout.
Campaign for Democracy further suggested that the federal government detaches the Works and Housing ministries from the Power ministry and hands them over to another minister to oversee, to enable Fashola concentrate only on power which is presently the most important need of every average Nigerian.
CD also asked Fashola to make available pre-paid meters to all Nigerians, particularly in the South East region within that 30-day ultimatum period to assist in checkmating estimated and crazy bills on poverty-stricken Nigerians, so as to controvert United Nations, UN’s recent prediction that Yemen, Sudan, Nigeria, Syria and other countries would face acute food shortage in the near future.
Last month, Minister of Works, Power, and Housing, Babatunde Fashola admitted that Nigeria won’t be able to have a regular and sustainable electricity power supply except through the mixture of conventional and renewable energies.
Speaking at the launch of MTN/Lumos mobile solar electricity, Fashola said the country, which still relies heavily on gas and hydro as sources of its energy supply, will only achieve 30% renewable energy generation by 2030.
He said the government had embarked on a programme to supplement the conventional sources of energy with renewable, adding that it is only the combination that can get the country stable and sustainable power supply.
Recently, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), disclosed that Lagos State will witness more shortfalls in power supply due to the inability of Egbin Power Plant to generate enough electricity in the state.
TCN said that due to insufficient gas at Egbin, only two units are fired and these could not generate enough Volt-Ampere Reactive (VARs) to meet up with the voltage requirements in the area hence the manifestation of the low voltage.
Statistics released by the company showed that Egbin daily average generation was just 350 Megawatts (MW), while the Lagos daily average consumption from the grid in recent times stood at 1,100 MW.
More so, Ikeja Electric said that there will be disruption of power supply to certain areas under its network, due to†planned outage resulting from the maintenance work being carried out by TCN on its transformers at the Ikeja West Transmission Station.
The exercise commenced on March 6th and would end on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Ikeja Electric further released a list of areas which would be affected by the exercise and appealed to residents to bear with the company.