27 November 2015, Abuja – Henceforth, the Federal Government will not tolerate the poor supply of electricity, unnecessary system collapse and incessant electrocution of Nigerians caused by the usage of substandard materials, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said.
Fashola informed operators in the Nigerian electricity supply industry on Thursday that one of the primary targets of the present government was to fix the sector.
The minister, in his speech at a stakeholders’ forum organised by the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency in Abuja, explained that the functions of NEMSA, as directed by the Federal Government, were to ensure stable systems that would deliver reliable, efficient and regular power supply, and at the same time, guarantee the safety of lives and property in the industry.
Fashola said, “We will, therefore, continue to strive at all times to ensure that provision of electricity services in the country meet the best international practice. This administration is mindful of the sanctity of lives of Nigerians and other electricity consumers and will, therefore, not condone frequent incidences of electrocution and other forms of accidents in the industry due to use of substandard materials and equipment, and poor state of electricity supply networks as well as frequent system collapse.
“Let me avail the opportunity of this forum to appeal to the owners of the privatised generation and distribution companies to redouble their efforts at providing sustainable and reliable electricity to their customers.
“While we appreciate the improvement in electricity supply since the inception of this present administration, I have to reiterate the fact that providing sustainable and efficient power supply in a robust electricity industry is one of the cardinal focus of the Buhari administration.”