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Govt promises improved power supply by June not constant power supply -Nebo

Prof Chinedu Nebo11 January 2014, Abuja –  The Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, says the Federal Government promises improved electricity supply by June, 2014 and not constant power supply.

Nebo made the clarification in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja on the sidelines of a “Pre-inaugural International Workshop’’ organised by the Nigerian Society of Engineers.

It will be recalled that President Goodluck Jonathan was quoted by a section of the media to have promised constant power supply by June this year.

“Concerning the promise on power supply in June; we are not saying constant power supply by June; we are saying improved power supply.

“For instance, if you were getting eight hours of power supply and you get now 10, it is improvement, if you are getting 16 hours and you get 18 it is improvement.

“If you are getting 18 hours and you get 22 it is improvement ,that is what we are saying ,though the ministry is facing some challenges, with time everything will be stable. ’’

According to Nebo, the Federal Government has already committed a lot to the power sector and work is being done to normalise electricity supply to parts of the country.

He said that there was improvement in power supply in many states during the yuletide, apart from Lagos that had some hitches due to what he called “unique challenge.

“Most parts of the country got better power supply during the yuletide, Kaduna had excellent supply, Abuja and many places got 23 to 24 hours power supply and so many other states.

“Though there were challenges, we are doing everything possible to overcome these challenges so that we can deliver more power to Nigerians.’’

The minister said that government alone could not fund the infrastructure deficit in the country, saying: “That is why the Public Private Partnership (PPP) is very crucial if Nigeria must meet its development target.

“There is no way Government alone can raise all the funds that is needed for infrastructure development, so we need to bridge that gap by inviting the private sector.

“This partnership with the private sector will help the Government in delivering these infrastructure; that is the best way to go.”

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