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Ezekwesili Promises Uninterrupted Electricity if Elected President
Ezekwesili Promises to Tackle Challenges Affecting Businesses
The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili, has promised to provide uninterrupted power supply if elected president in the 2019 presidential elections.
The former minister made this known in a statement on Sunday 2nd December.
Ezekwesili also highlighted plans that will make uninterrupted power supply possible.
According to her, the sector would be developed in a way that will create employment for more youths.
“Our vision is to provide sustainable, affordable and uninterrupted electricity supply to all Nigerian towns and villages, starting with Nigerian cities,” Ezekwesili said.
“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.
Highlighting that most plans to provide stable electricity has never been done successfully, she said the development will provide electricity across the six geo-political zones.
“From 1999 to 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 presidential candidate added.
“The price of this is paid in not being competitive and great loss of production capacities, which further impoverishes the populace.”
The statement reveals that some Nigerian towns will be provided with electricity, 24-hours, 365 days-a-year, within the first four years of her administration, while rural towns close to them will also enjoy the services
These cities are: Lagos, Kano, Enugu, Birnin Kebbi, Aba, Minna, Gombe, Lokoja, Gusau, Jos, Yola, Abuja, Ilorin, Benin, Owerri and Ijebu-Ode, Calabar, Katsina, Benin, Warri, Ibadan, Ado-Ekiti, Maiduguri, Yenegoa, Damaturu, Osogbo, Bauchi, Port Harcourt, Kaduna, Sokoto, Akure, Makurdi, Dutse, Abakaliki, Uyo, Jalingo and Onitsha.
Ezekwesili also added that the development will help businesses grow, saying that her administration will address challenges brooding under-performance in the nation.
“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.
“The plan that will be executed for the power sector recognizes that the Nigerian power sector is in transition from a government to a private-sector owned and operated industry; therefore, facing challenges, which include, political interference, lack of elective leadership, financial issues, distribution issues, transmission issues, gas supply issues, and generation issues.
“These issues account for the consistent under-performance witnessed in the last 58 years and will need to be seriously tackled if the potential of the Nigerian power sector is to be realized.
“To get electricity right, thus rapidly improve electricity performance and delivery gap to Nigerians, this plan outlines the change in approach that the administration will adopt,” she said.