The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said that it is not the Federal Government’s problem if Nigerians don’t have electricity.
The minister, who disclosed this while speaking at the Nextier Power Dialogue on Wednesday night in Abuja, also told his listeners that there were problems in the power sector, Punch reports
He, however, reminded them that it was not the Federal Government’s problem if citizens in the country do not have electricity, especially since the sector was privatized.
“There are problems without a doubt and we must deal with them. But let me remind you, all of the assets that the Ministry of Power used to control for power have been sold by the last administration before I came. And so if you don’t have power, it is not the government’s problem. Let us be honest.
“The people who are operating the power sector, generation and distribution are now privately owned companies. I am here because I am concerned. If your telephone is not working, it is not the minister of communication that you go to. Let us be very clear.”
“So for those of you who want to weaponize electricity, face the businessmen who have taken it up. Let us be honest. If your bank over-charges you interest, is it the minister of finance you go to? So let’s be clear. This is now a private business by Act of parliament 2005.
“My role is regulatory, oversight and policy, but I have a problem which is the fact that I can’t see a problem and turn my back, so I’m getting involved. So the people you should be talking to about transformers is not me, the ministry doesn’t supply transformers anymore.”