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CSO calls for synergy in addressing challenges in power sector

By Thompson ABISOLA

The Network of Nigeria Civil Society Organisations, a non-Governmental Organisation, on Tuesday advised stakeholders in the power sector to synergise towards addressing challenges in the sector.

The Director General of the group, Mr Agbonkpolor Splendour while addressing a news conference in Abuja said the collaboration was necessary because the challenges in the sector were hydra-headed.

Splendour identified pipeline and cable vandalism among others as some of the main causes of instability in power in the country.

“Effective power supply remains the fundamental bane of Nigeria’s development but light for us remains an imagination without the corresponding force to affect an end to the reign of beclouding the power sector.

“This is making it difficult for the sector to empower Nigerians to participate effectively in the 21st century global agenda even though we know that light determines the direction that development will go.

“Light for all will remain a life-time quest as long as the major infrastructures in this critical sector remain obsolete to fit into the global industrialisation demand.

“Effective power supply will remain a wish as long as it is a subject of politics rather than purpose and until we get the power sector right, nothing will be right ,’’ he said.

Splendour, therefore, called on all stakeholders to assist government to achieve a free infrastructure vandalism atmosphere with a view to having an enhanced and credible power sector.

He also urged government to find contemporary solutions to the challenges in the sector.

“We can’t keep using obsolete techniques of the 60s to run the sector in this modern time, it is time to step up to global best practice,’’ Splendour said.

He said if there was sufficient power supply, Nigerians would gladly pay for it and that way, revenue would be generated for the government and jobs would be created.

Splendour commended the Niger Delta Power Holding Company for the improvement in power supply in spite of numerous challenges and urged stakeholders not to relent in supporting the sector.

He said for the power sector to improve, all hands must be on deck adding that stakeholders had great role to play in ensuring the stability of the sector.


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