The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has expressed his optimism that the problems affecting the nation’s power sector can be solved.
He did this while chairing the third monthly meeting of key operators in the nation’s power industry that held at the Ugwuaji Transmission Station in Enugu, as part of his efforts to identify, discuss and find practical solutions to issues facing the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry.
At the meeting, like the first two editions which held in Lagos and Abuja respectively, Fashola insisted, presented an avenue for resolving pressing issues in the sector. He said issues addressed at each meeting had added value to the businesses of the participants and stakeholders in the power value chain.
He then gave his word to journalists and all present at the meeting thus, “My word to Nigerians is that this problem can be solved. It is a problem that has challenged us for a long time. Not only am I going around to understand what the problems are, I am at Ugwuaji now in Enugu State, I am going around to understand what I am supposed to manage. I have been briefed on paper, in files and in memos and I am going from power plant to power plant, from transmission site to transmission site. What I have seen convinces me that this problem can be solved.”
He added, “I am optimistic that it can be solved, it just needs for us as a people to understand the system better and how it works. I am going to dedicate some of my time to breaking down the technical issues that have sounded so complex over the decades, so that the average Nigerian can understand how the system works.”