Lagos - The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has denied making promises of improved power supply.
The former governor of Lagos state this while speaking in an interview with Channels Tv.
Fashola said that his plans did not consider vandalization of pipelines because he was always focused on power generation.
“Let us be careful when you claim that I made promises because I am ever so conscious of the things that I say and I believe that if I recollect correctly, it was when I was unveiling my ministries, probably sometime late December last year, and it is unlike me to make promises on things I don’t control,” he said.
“If you check the words I used, I shared with you our plans if it worked and where we will be. Those promises don’t factor in vandalisation. You know when they teach you how to generate power in school, they don’t teach you how to deal with vandalisation.
“When they teach you how to do banking, they don’t teach you about round-tripping so those are the assumptions that things would remain normal. There is no nation in the world that wants electricity that vandalizes the assets that produce electricity; it doesn’t make any sense.
“I can control what my team does, I can promise you what my team efforts will produce but I can’t control behaviour that is counterproductive. Those pipelines are national assets; they were built with our common wealth, the people whose territories it passes are custodians of it.
“Let us assume that the people who are also custodians of Jebba, Kainji and Shiroro dams go to break them down because they are angry, then who gets power?”
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Fashola had in February said power generation will increase this year by 2 000 megawatts according to News24.
This was contained in a statement in Abuja by Etore Thomas, an assistant director in the ministry.
According to the statement, Fashola made the statement while defending the ministry’s budget before the Senate Committee on Power and Mines.
It added that a lot had changed in the management of power in the country in recent times.
- News 24