01 March 2014, Abuja – Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State said yesterday economic saboteurs are to blame for the drop in power supply being experienced in the country since the privatization of the power sector.
The saboteurs,according to him,are largely responsible for the shortage of gas supply used for generating electricity.
“The fundamental problem with the issue of gas infrastructure is the vandalization of the infrastructure. You know, this is purely sabotage because in crude, you know that people who vandalise these crude pipelines are lifting them and selling them for money,” the governor told reporters at the end of a joint meeting of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) and National Council on Privatization (NCP) chaired by Vice President Namadi Sambo.
“But when you vandalise the gas pipelines, there is no way you can scoop it. You know it is like air. You can’t scoop it. These are people who are economic saboteurs and they should be treated as such.
“So, this is something that should be of concern to Nigerians because any person who goes intentionally to sabotage an activity of government that would impact positively on the economy of this country should be treated as economic saboteur.
“So we have these issues that are militating against the smooth supply of power even after the privatisation process. So, it is not the BPE problem. I believe that before the end of this year, we will be able to get out most of them.”
He said 42 of the 66 proposals for the purchase of 80 per cent shares in the 10 power holding companies have qualified for financial bids opening billed for next Friday.
He said that evaluation team carried out the evaluation exercise following the approved evaluation criteria and guidelines and subsequent due diligence reports have now been approved and reviewed by the joint transaction board.
– The Nation