Obasanjo Power Plants, Wasteful – Ngige

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Deputy Chairman of the Senate Committee on Power, Senator Chris Ngige, has said
that the power plants built by the government of Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, between
1999 to 2003, were wasteful ventures.
Ngige said this on Friday at the
Nnamdi Azikwe University, Awka, where he delivered a talk on Power Supply in
Nigeria; during the First Judiciary Day of the Student Union Government of
UNIZIK.

He said the cost of securing and
laying pipe to carry gas to the  power projects at Papalanto, Oloronsogo,
Geregu, Omotoso and other places, was enough to build more of such power plants
and fund transmission and distribution projects.

Ngige said that simple economics teaches
that industries should be sited near places where there is abundant raw
materials, and not for political considerations.
He said it was more economical for the
plants to be located in regions that had abundant gas to fire them.
He said Nigeria’s power sector was
still gripped in a circle and something drastic should be done to get the
country out of it.
But he said Nigerians must also imbibe
the culture of saving power, so that they can save cost and have more power,
which will be available for them to use.
He regretted that the improved power
generation in the country could not get to the people because the transmission
network in the country was inadequate to carry it to the final consumers.
 “We have put some power
generating companies on hold because if we put them all on, there will be a
system collapse in transmission lines, which are very old,” he said.
He, however, regretted that the
contract management and supervision of the power projects had been very poor.
“But we (in the National Assembly) have
stepped up our oversight in the sector. We have appropriated significant money
in the 2013 Budget to the transmission company so that the more than 2,500
mega-watts of electricity trapped in the power generating companies can be
transmitted to the people for use,” he said.
Source:
Punch

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