Ahead of the 2015 general election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Abuja set deadlines for each other to achieve at least 12-hour power supply if they win the Presidency.
Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Dr Sam Amadi and a chieftain of the party, Dr Okey Ikechukwu represented the PDP while the APC was represented by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed at the 7th Nigeria Political Parties Discussion Series (NPPDS) organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) and Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) themed: “Improving Power Supply in Nigeria: What is your party’s master plan?”.
Dr Ikechukwu said Nigerians should hold the PDP accountable in the next 10 weeks if it failed to give a 12-hour electricity supply to the country.
He also said by NERC’s projection, the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) would ensure that Nigerians get at least 10 to 12 hours supply within the next two and half months.
“Without speculating because to make that projection there must be parts available to you; their tax, which wasn’t there before, the better funding; American bank is providing 1.5 billion, all these are investments. Now giving all the facts available as we speak, it is projected that the NIPP is coming on that between 10 and 12 hours will be possible within the next two and half months by NERC projection,” he said.
On his part Dr Amadi, said: “Because we are now transiting from an inefficient government-owned transmission to a project-based private sector managed where the generators and the distributors are owners of the system operations and therefore they own themselves to fund it and to make it efficient.”
However Alhaji Mohammed assured Nigerians that at least 12 hours supply would be ensured between 12 to 18 months of being voted into power and that they can guarantee regular, steady, reliable and affordable supply to all Nigerians by the time frame.
Mohammed, who described the three components to power as the generation, transmission and distribution, said his party, when elected into power on 28 of March, will invest in high-tech surveillance of the transmission network so as to eliminate the activities of the vandals.
He added: “If we are able to achieve those two, you will be able to achieve the high percentage of transmission of what is generated. Again, this goes to the role of government. Even when you privatize this sector, the government cannot abandon its role as facilitator and a body that will create an enabling environment for the smooth operation of the sector. And that role, we are going to take seriously by having a period meeting with stakeholders.”
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