Fashola Begs Nigerians To Accept Hike In Electricity Tariff

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The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, has noted that the increase in electricity tariffs is the first major policy the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is coming up with, describing same as “a painful pill,” which consumers have to “swallow.”

Fashola disclosed this Monday during the second monthly meeting with stakeholders in the power sector in Lagos, where he also inspected some projects at the Alagbon Transmission and Distribution Complex.
 
 
Fashola’s comments came at a time Nigerian workers under the aegis of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, Trade Union Congress, TUC, joined by Civil Society Organizations embarked on peaceful protests against the policy which has grounded commercial activities in several cities in the country.
 
 
His words, “Importantly, I understand that people who have been disappointed over a long time will feel a sense of concern that again tariffs have gone up. But the truth is that these tariffs ought to have been there from day one. I don’t know why the government of yesterday was not courageous enough to tell us this was the price.
 
“It is a painful pill that I must appeal that we swallow. It is like quinine and malaria. It’s painful; it’s not sweet, I know that, but I do it because we are not left with many choices. This is the first major decision in power that this administration has taken. There are other problems.
“I can only appeal for some understanding and some trust that we do this in the best interest of our country. It is a hard decision, but I think down the line, we will have cause to look…”
 
 
The minister, who faulted the way the privatisation of the power sector carried out by the immediate past administration of Goodluck Jonathan, said the sector was being plagued by several problems including gas supply shortfall and transmission issue.
Fashola, while responding to a question on what the problems in the sector were, said, “The problem is everywhere. The problem is with us. The problem is with gas. The problem is with transmission. The problem is with the way the privatisation exercise itself was conducted.
 
 
“But as I have said before, I am not going to lament what has happened in the past. I am going to move on with it. So, the first move we have made when we accessed the situation, nobody was happy with it when we took over.
 
 
“This is a problem that has been here for 16 years, if we put it mildly. It is a problem that has been here 100 years ago, if we put it really extremely. I have been here for less than a 100 days, and I think we can solve this problem if you give us the tools that we need to do it. I think that this problem can be solved, and the day that we feel that it cannot be solved, I will gladly come and tell you that I don’t think it will work,” he stated.
-Vanguard Newspaper 
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12 Comments
  1. Kalu Destiny says

    APC government lack idea & ve succeed in robbing & inflicting pain on the poor nigerians.
    APC remove #10Naira from fuel bt add #35 Naira on kerosene.Charge #50 Naira stamp duty in banks transaction.now 45% electricity hike.what a change.

  2. Friday Ajaegbu says

    Fashola is an idiot .

    1. Orji Ndidi Innocent says

      I guess Fashola is old enuf 2 be ur father? Am sorry 4 u

    2. Friday Ajaegbu says

      Orji don’t be silly . Moronic facebooker .

    3. Emma Ogbonna says

      Orji you are a fool. Was it not fashola who deported Igbos from Lagos?

    4. Orji Ndidi Innocent says

      @Emma and Ajaegbu I can see ur levels now. Very myopic elements in both of u. Nothing good comes cheap

  3. Uchenna Uzoije says

    Fashola is a sadist who likes to see people suffer that why the flats he built in Lagos was more expensive than normal houses

  4. Adeniyi Ayila Muyideen says

    I believe in this administration..We should face the reality..It usually painful in the beginning but the end will be joyful

  5. Emma Ogbonna says

    These people have no sense of direction and have nothing good to offer. Electricity drives the industries without which nothing works. The best they could do was to raise its price because they need money not because there was an improved service. Don’t they know that it will raise the cost of production of everything in nigeria? Monkeys and baboons.

    1. Henry Onwuka says

      monkeys and baboons from the zoo

  6. Uchenna Uzoije says

    This admnistration has no sense of direction. It more of “The Spirit Lead”

  7. Osuagwu Ngozi Uzoma says

    It is unfortunate that this administration has to contemplate a hike in electricity tarriff without considreing the fact that consumers do not have prepaid metres. This is just another way of trying to intensify and complicate the problems of the people. The economy is in shambles and I don’t know what the goverment thinks about fixed income earners whose real income has continued to depreciate. Let the megawatts be increased not the tarriff.

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