By Etuka Sunday
Worried by the spate pipe-line vandalism, and its attending problem of drop in the nation’s power generation capacity, the Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo has called on the Nigerian Television
Authority (NTA) to design publicity programmes that will educate Nigerians on this sabotage act, which he said is causing the nation’s economy to bleed.
A statement by the Deputy Director, Press, Timothy Oyedeji quoted the minister to have made the call when the new Director-General of NTA, Mr. Sola Omole led the Authority’s Management to the Ministry.
Nebo expressed optimism that by next week, power generation will have improved significantly, as he had gathered from good sources, that the on-going repairs of both damaged portions and the maintenance schedules would have been conclusive then.
Professor Nebo used the occasion to appeal to the conscience of the vandals to desist from such unpatriotic acts, he drew an analogy of self-inflicted damage done by these oil thefts on themselves and the nation, saying that “when you knock out power from the hospital, who knows if your relation is going to be affected”.
On the request by the NTA Team for priority grade for its 109 station, especially during the network news belt, the Minister said the NTA as the voice of the nation at this critical time must be assisted to deliver on its mandate. “We shall work with your engineers and technical personnel to do everything we can to reduce not only your bills in fueling generators but also ensure uninterrupted supply especially during major news time”.
The Minister of State for Power, Hon. Mohammed Wakil, had earlier commended the positive contribution of the NTA to Mr. President’s Transformation Agenda for the power sector, as the network has consistently broadcast factual and non-sensational news to Nigerians in their local languages on this critical sector.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, Mr. Sola Omole assured the Ministers that the bold initiatives taken to tackle epileptic power supply have started to show good results, hence the station is proud to identify
with the sector and prepared to assist in highlighting issues around power on a continuous basis for the benefit of the Nigerian people.
The Director-General also talked about the menace of vandalism describing it as worrisome, the network he said, will do its level best to use the various platforms to wage a sustained war against the menace.