Minister of power, works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, has called for strategic collaboration between government and all stakeholders in the power sector to tackle man-made challenges affecting the sector.
Fashola said the challenges in the power sector were mostly man-made, adding that issues such as badly installed electricity equipment, power theft, vandalism and clamour for tariff cancelation were all human activities that had slowed the progress of the sector over time.
The minister, while delivering a lecture on ‘Power sector reform in Nigeria: challenges and way forward,’ organised by Department of Economics, University of Lagos, Thursday, said the challenges would only be resolved through the collaborative efforts of Nigerians.
According to Fashola, the ministry of power is aware of concerns by Nigerians when it comes to the issue of power, assuring that efforts are being put in place to address them, but power consumers must be willing to play their part.
He recognised that power supply was not enough, saying that part of government strategic plan was to improve on the capacity while reiterating that the Federal Government was committed to the process of the right stakeholders’ engagement to ensure incremental power to the citizens.
“I am conscious of the challenges consumers face. My team and I at the ministry of power have set out to achieve incremental power on a continuous basis, then move to stable power before we can get to uninterrupted power,” he said.
He said that as a minister, part of his strategic plan was to breakdown the issues in the power sector in a simple form as possible so that Nigerians could connect with it.
On the issue of reversing the power privatisation process, he insisted that it would not be for the good of the country, as it would portray government in bad light.