Nigeria power sector: why power failure will continue
The moribund state of the Nigeria power sector is just as troubling , concerning, and could easily pass as a white elephant project consciously designed to perpetually remain a conduit pipe through which those in government can milk the country dry.
During the OBJ regime it was alleged that a whooping sum of 16 billion dollars was sunk into the power sector with an illusive and unrealistic targets set despite being aware that such targets were unachievable because of structural and infrastructural defects in the organization. An output target of 10,0000MW was set and pursued with all vigour and zeal and was never realized. Every effort made in achieving this set target was almost immediately frustrated by the colossal level of mismanagement and endemic corruption prevalent in the sector. In addition to the lack of clear policy objective and will power from the government to actually effect a substantial amount of change in the sector. But because of lack of genuine desire to see this change, the government rather chose to play to the gallery while maintaining the status quo. As this gives them and their cronies an ample amount of money. But unfortunately, it was just foolhardy on their part to want to build an edifice on a flawed structure knowing that such is doomed to fail. That was indeed, the lot of the power sector with the attended consequences and failures amounting to billions of dollars.
The government of Goodluck Jonathan came on board , embarked on the usual wild goose chase while refusing to either investigate or probe the OBJ government because of the sacrosanct paddy paddy syndrome that had hitherto pervaded the country and had stopped the sector from making progress over the years.
Moreover, because the GEJ government chose to adopt selective justice and utter disregard for the rule of law by setting up committees to investigate what happened, why the sector collapsed and sanction all involved accordingly and appropriately, the power sector failed once again.
Besides, the GEJ government demonstrated the highest level of ineptitude and un professionalism in the privatization of the sector. Companies without the technical know-how to run the power sector were selected to operate with the resultant consequences of what we are experiencing today. All the Gencos, Discos and the regulatory body are a selected bunch of
incompetent nuisances that have held the power sector and the country hostage – refusing to do the needful and refusing to resign. This again is a pointer to the fact that all the operators are patronages of the government and as such, the gross inability of the government to take any decisive action against them.
Now, the kaduna state governor is the towncryer general. He keeps telling us, as usual, that they have failed abysmally. That as at date, they have wasted the colossal sum of 1.7trillion naira on that same terminally ill sector. And one thing that really makes one’s heart bleed in all these are, that our so called representative of the people , by the person of El- rufai ,did not even give a hoot or feel any iota of remorse when he was telling us that they have mismanaged and squandered our collective wealth that was entrusted to them. In his word, ‘wasted’, and was in no doubt, expecting an accolade nay praise for they were still able to keep the wastage under one digit. This indeed, is the kind of story you hear when the dead have taken over the affairs of the living and the blind are now the watchmen over the sighted.
I really cry for our country.