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Published On: Fri, Mar 28th, 2014

Civil society decries current poor electricity supply in Nigeria

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By Mashe Umaru Gwamna

Civil Society Group, under the auspices of Citizens Centre for Integrated Development and Social Rights yesterday decried the current poor electricity supply in the country.

Rising from its meeting, the group described the persistent government’s apologies as new smart methods of covering up for cheating Nigeria electricity consumers, therefore the power reform drivers should refund every Nigerian electricity consumer under the monthly estimated bill rate regime all the payments they have made without corresponding power supply.

“We summarily condemn the crocodile and hypocritical apologies being offered by the drivers of power reform over the poor power supply in the recent months. One wonders whether Ministry of Power and NERC just woke up to discover this energy power sector malady and the consistent decrease in power supply in the recent months.”

The group said, “The most worrisome aspect of their public apologies is that before now, they have consistently promised Nigerians that very soon; very very soon, the power supply situation will improve. We have lost count of the different increase of the megawatts that were promised in numerous occasions. While Nigerians believed what appears today to be a cock and bull story and waiting for power improvement, the drivers of the power reform were busy preparing on how to say, we are sorry, we should be blamed. What a smart way of reneging from promises to Nigerians and serious responsibilities bestowed on them.

What a way to tell Nigerians, don’t believe us anymore. What a way to inform Nigerians that they can be bitten so many times and life goes on.

“It is important to note that in various events that the Ministry of Power and National Electricity Regulatory Commission conducted, they have never given a sign that power situation is deteriorating despite the heavy investment Nigeria has made in the last few years. Nigerians had hopes that with the new owners of different discos and gencos, the power sector will soon stabilize; Nigerians never knew that the power reform drivers were preparing to provide apologies instead of power.

What a way to trade off power with apologies.

The group in a statement signed by the Executive Director, Citizens Center for Integrated Development & Social Rights (CCIDESOR), Emeka Ononamadu, the group said “They should direct all new private powerowners to cease collection of monthly estimated billing system from Nigerians until the situation improves, they should tell Nigerians theexact time these problems will be over, meters should be made available to all Nigeria electricity consumers.

“If they take these four steps, Nigerians will know that they are serious, genuine and honest with their apology. If these are not done, then no hope will be left on the power reform exercise,” the group concluded.

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