Uninterrupted Power Supply Within Six Months, One Of My Priorities – Presidential Aspirant
Thomas-Wilson Ikubese, the Presidential Aspirant of Alliance for New Nigeria on Thursday, said one of the lists of priorities on his manifesto is to provide uninterrupted power supply in Nigeria within six months.
Ikubese, who was a guest on Channels Television Breakfast Programme, Sunrise Daily also took a swipe at previous administrations noting that any serious government can achieve this within six months.
“Any government that is serious within six months will provide uninterrupted power supply. That is one of my manifestos,” he said adding that this is possible if Nigerian Government decentralise power.
“Each state will generate power and transmit to the end users without passing through the national grid, it is as simple as that.”
Ikubese stressed further the importance of decentralising power, according to him, six months is even too long to achieve uninterrupted power supply in Nigeria if some processes are duly followed.
“President Buhari was lampooning former President Obasanjo that he spent $16billion and where is the light. If President Buhari himself spend $100billion with what is on the ground, we won’t see light. We must decentralise power,” he said.
Giving a further breakdown of the process that must be followed, Ikubese highlighted some processes currently being followed but which he claimed would not solve the challenge of power supply in Nigeria.
“We have a provision that if you generate more than 10megawatts you must pass it into the national grid. We must take that off.
“Generate where you are, transmit irrespective of the megawatts that you generate. Six months is too long.”
The Presidential aspirant also recalled that Nigeria’s Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola once made this statement of uninterrupted power supply achievable in Nigeria within six months.
“Remember that when the All Progressives Congress (APC) was an opposition party, Mr Raji Fashola mentioned that any government that is serious will solve the problem of power within six months. It is feasible, he was referring to gas turbine then.
“It is very simple and I am repeating it, within six months we have an uninterrupted power supply, that is what they use in Tanzania, in Egypt and Angola. Go to Port Harcourt refinery, that is what is been used. So why can’t we do that?”