Fashola’s Faulty Logic On Power
By the time Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, finished lecturing some civil society organizations last week, he must have truly impressed them because they clapped for him.
Fashola spoke in Abuja at an Engagement Workshop on the Power Sector Recovery Programme (PSRP) for Civil Society Organizations organized by the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing in conjunction with the Power Sector Communications Team (PSRP).
The applause at the engagement workshop must have gotten into the head of the minister’s team that they decided to share excerpts on social media.
Watching the video, it’s hard to see why anyone clapped over Fashola’s distorted logic – unless it was in jest.
In his comments, Fashola said Nigeria is a great country and should not be compared to other countries.
According to Fashola, just like Germany is exporting power, Nigeria is also exporting power too to Niger, Republic of Benin, Togo and at the same time, Nigeria is also selling gas to the entire West African region.
“Niger is running on 80MW, Republic of Togo 200MW less than Abuja, Ghana is about 3,000MW installed capacity and they are not producing all of that; Lagos alone is getting 1200MW, one state, half of another country. So we must understand the dynamics of electricity use.
“Your country is exporting power too, to Niger, to Republic of Benin, to Togo and we are selling Gas to the West African sub-region.”
To this end, he advised Nigerians to stop looking down on the country, saying Nigeria is a great country.
Fashola’s faulty logic
Why does Nigeria export power when it continuously struggles to meet its power demands at home?
Forget about Fashola’s attempt to spin the question into an issue of Nigerians looking down on their own country.
Just take a look at Fashola’s comments and try to logically untangle it.
There is no logical reason why we export power to neighbouring countries when we are not able to meet our own power demands.
Why can't the over 300MV exported to Togo, Niger and Benin Republic be added to the country's transmission network to meet local needs?
Fashola knows this. In fact he used to make this exact argument convincingly only a few years ago when he was governor of Lagos.
We all remember, Fashola used to say “power generation is not rocket science, it is just generator."
But Nigeria with Fashola as Minister of Power has been ranked the second worst country in electricity supply for 2017 by the Spectator Index, after the country was only able to supply a daily average of 3,851 megawatts (MW) to its 180 million population.
According to the report, the electricity supply in 137 countries were examined and Yemen ranked as the worst nation with Nigeria, Haiti, Lebanon and Malawi following the war-torn middle east nation to round off a list of top 5 countries.
Suddenly fixing Nigeria's power issues now seems like rocket science to Fashola, and rather than being humble about it, he is berating others for “looking down” on the country.
It is the kind of behavior the Fashola of old would describe as “incompetent.”
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