The minister of power, works and housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), has described as false claims attributed to him that he could fix the problem of electricity in Nigeria within six months when he was Governor of Lagos state.
Fashola, who dissociated himself from such claims during a programme on the Nigerian Television Authority Network on Tuesday, May 24 urged those crediting the statement to him to stop peddling falsehood.
The minister said anyone with a recording of where he had boasted that he could provide regular electricity to Nigerians within six months to publish such.
He clarified that he had only promised that he could supply a community in the Lekki area of Lagos with power from an Independent Power Project in the state within six months with the permission to do so.
He said: “I have heard that I said that electricity problem will be solved in six months. I have never made the statement. Anybody who has a video of where I said this should please make it public.
The point I made was when I was handing over the Lekki IPP because we had about 10 megawatts of power there.” Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) are not having the best of time with a huge collective loss of N300 billion since the government privatised the sector.
This is in the midst of other challenges that have marred effective power supply to residents and manufacturing industries in the country.
Currently, Nigeria battles with less than 3,500 megawatts with consumers crying over a continuous increase in electricity bills while they leave in darkness. The companies, while appealing to all power consumers, including government agencies, to pay their debts as soon as possible, also appealed for patience.