2019: This Is How Oby Ezekwesili Wants To Give You Constant Power
Have you ever thought of living in a Nigeria where light is constant, without you having to rush to iron your clothes days before you use them just because you needed to be sure you would look neat and smart when you go out?
If that is your desire, the presidential candidate of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, says she will make it come true if elected as president.
In a press statement on Sunday, Dr. Ezekwesili said that the electricity industry would be developed to also tackle the unemployment issue in Nigeria, employing more youths.
"From 1999 till date, all the projections made by successive governments to grow the supply of electricity to Nigerians, to either 6,000MW, 10,000MW or 20,000MW, have not been met.
"The Nigerian citizens’ desire and willingness to pay an appropriate price of electricity consumed is seen in the great demand for generators of all shapes and sizes, and how much they pay to operate and service these machines.
"The low power availability from the National Grid has meant that corporate entities have to divert large amount of funds from their core productive areas of focus to this critical area of reliable power supply.
"The price of this is paid in not being competitive and great loss of production capacities, which further impoverishes the populace.
"Our vision is to provide sustainable, affordable and uninterrupted electricity supply to all Nigerian towns and villages, starting with Nigerian cities.
Our vision is to ensure that the Nigerian electricity supply industry becomes fully functional, vibrant and employs hundreds of thousands of young Nigerians, in both the on-grid and off-grid segments," she said.
There is already a set goal which she also enumerated, giving a list of cities that would experience uninterrupted power supply in the first four years of her administration.
"Our immediate goal is to provide the following Nigerian towns, cutting across the following six geo-political zones of Nigeria: Lagos, Kano, Enugu, Birnin Kebbi, Aba, Minna, Gombe, Lokoja, Gusau, Jos, Yola, Abuja, Ilorin, Benin, Owerri and Ijebu-Ode with 24-hours, 365 days-a-year electricity within the first four years of our administration.
“The other cities to benefit from this are Calabar, Katsina, Warri, Ibadan, Ado-Ekiti, Maiduguri, Yenegoa, Damaturu, Osogbo, Bauchi, Port Harcourt, Kaduna, Sokoto, Akure, Makurdi, Dutse, Abakaliki, Uyo, Jalingo and Onitsha.
"The rural areas proximate to the towns will also enjoy the services," she said.
Dr. Ezekwesili knows that stable electricity would aid business growth in Nigeria, but she also knows there are challenges that are responsible for the underperformance of the sector.
“This electricity will be aimed at facilitating and growing business, commercial and industrial activities, in a drive to create jobs and increase productivity. Nigeria’s per capita electricity consumption is among the lowest in the world and far lower than many other African countries."
She said political interference, lack of elective leadership, financial issues, distribution issues, transmission issues, gas supply issues, and generation issues were issues that accounted for the consistent underperformance witnessed in the last 58 years and would need to be seriously tackled if the potential of the Nigerian power sector was to be realised.
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