The Minister of Energy, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has said that federal authorities just isn’t accountable for non availability of electrical energy.
Fashola disclosed this whereas talking on the Nextier Energy Dialogue on Wednesday evening in Abuja.
The minister, whereas acknowledging that there have been issues within the energy sector, defined that it was not the Federal Authorities’s downside if residents within the nation don’t have electrical energy, particularly for the reason that sector was privatised.
Fashola mentioned, “There are issues indisputably and we should cope with them. However let me remind you, the entire belongings that the Ministry of Energy used to regulate for energy have been offered by the final administration earlier than I got here. And so when you don’t have energy, it’s not the federal government’s downside. Allow us to be trustworthy.
“The people who find themselves working the ability sector, technology and distribution are actually privately owned firms. I’m right here as a result of I’m involved. In case your phone just isn’t working, it’s not the minister of communication that you just go to. Allow us to be very clear.
“So for these of you who need to weaponise electrical energy, face the businessmen who’ve taken it up. Allow us to be trustworthy. In case your financial institution over-charges you curiosity, is it the minister of finance you go to? So let’s be clear. That is now a personal enterprise by Act of parliament 2005.
“My position is regulatory, oversight and coverage, however I’ve an issue which is the truth that I can’t see an issue and switch my again, so I’m getting concerned.
“So the individuals you need to be speaking to about transformers just isn’t me, the ministry doesn’t provide transformers anymore.”
“I believe that NERC (Nigerian Electrical energy Regulatory Fee) is the referee of the sport. I’m FIFA (Federation of Worldwide Soccer Affiliation). And it’s not proper as you mentioned that FIFA will get concerned, as a result of whether or not the referee makes a mistake or not the purpose stands.
“So the FIFA man doesn’t enter the sphere to say go and alter the end result, however it’s an fascinating analogy that I’ve additionally contemplated in my head and that’s why you didn’t catch me by an excessive amount of shock.
“Nevertheless, it is very important permit the referee to proceed to resolve the sport as a result of buyers wish to know who decides.”