Nigeria: Power minister should resign if system collapses – Usman

Nigeria's former Minister of National Planning, Dr Shamsudeen Usman.

Nigeria’s former Minister of National Planning, Dr Shamsudeen Usman.

21 August 2015, Abuja – As the Nigerian electricity market awaits the appointment of minister of power, a former Minister of National Planning, Dr Shamsudeen Usman has said there should be performance contract that would force a minister to resign if there is a system collapse in the power sector.

Dr Usman who is the Chairman of the just formed Electricity Market Summit Group (EMSG) said this at the Electricity Market Summit 2015 in Abuja yesterday.

He said: “It is not normal to have the whole system coming down. Maybe we should have a performance contract that says if there is a system collapse, the Minister of Power should resign.”

Usman said that will put the minister to more action and enhance transparency and accountability in the reformed power sector.

Speaking on setting achievable target, he said “we need to set target for the sector as this is a government now that is talking of accountability and transparency,” as late President Umaru Yar’adua set a target of 6,000megawatts (mw) which was not achieved.

But Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Dr. Sam Amadi said the inability to reach the 6,000mw was because of gas supply constraint to the Generation companies (Gencos) even as evacuation of power by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) is still having some project management problem.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Power, Dr. Godknows Igali said the power supply situation has improved. “People now have light in major cities for about 17 to 18 hours,” he said.

Decrying gas supply constraints, Igali said the present 4,500mw average generation can move up with more gas.
Simon Echewofun Sunday – Daily Trust

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