Excuse me Sir, I am very angry. Notwithstanding I will be logical and forthright with you.
Our outcome in life comes as a result of not just our society and its evil but in our inability to express our grief when the need arises. Most times it comes as a result of the insufficiency in our voice to tell the exact place where the pinch comes from our shoes.
We would not fold our hands while issues deteriorate beyond which bedevil our society over time, robbing us of the victory song our heroes past wished we had sung even before this time we find ourselves.
With the right understanding that a shortcoming in one sector ultimately spits a fault in the subsequent segments in a simultaneous or consecutive manner, little wonder it is said by experts of a certain field that ‘the sum of the components is equal to the sum of the total’.
The need to stress this issue and to bring it your notice Mr. President is why this letter is forth coming; the state of electricity and its supply to the general populace is pathetic, woeful and deplorable (That’s putting it mildly sir).
If I must use that owing to one excuse or the other given by stakeholders in this sector, steaming from the minister for power, or do I say the ‘super minister’, In his words “Any serious Government will fix power in six (6) months“, I Would have delved into this issue among others, but it would be a discussion for another letter, not this particular one.
We have been promised sufficient megawatts yet we still run below expectation, although I would not want to say or affirm that nothing has been done by your good office to address the issue of deficiency in electricity supply. This bring to light the fact that to successfully alleviate this vice, we need go beyond surface sweeping to acknowledging a need for in depth surgical dissection in or to arresting this problem.
In a bid to change the situation in favour of our society there are recommendations that if adhered to, would serve as veritable tools for ensuing development. The Ministries, departments, agencies and other participants in the transition process must unite behind a clear plan to protect electricity supply in the years to come.
Ultimately, decentralizing power generation and distribution will effectively improve things as it will make these processes easier to manage; this might look like throwing the baby with the bath water, however drastic situations require drastic solutions.
If this proves to be a herculean task, I will suggest the following steps are taken to improve power generation and distribution.
It is time we look into alternative means of power generation other than Hydro and Gas to boost our generational capacities; perhaps you are doing that already, speed then is of essence. Our leaders must rededicate themselves to uphold the commitments made upon realization of office.
The MDAs and other relevant parties must commit to clear, and measurable steps to ensure that electricity reserves are protected and that positive and unbiased supply is maintained.
The tools and equipment used for electricity supply should have an overhaul where proper scrutiny of the whole system would enhance supply and ultimately enrich its users with increased output thereby compensating them for lost years.
There is no better encouragement given to employees of the electricity sector than the realization of the need for prompt payment of salaries, periodic increment serving as a ‘pat on the back’ for a work well done in a case of noticeable improvement in the output of a particular unit that has led to significant increase in supply of electricity. Without these safeguards, any measure put in place will represent false progress and doom.
President Muhammad Buhari, Sir, this is a defining moment to lead on electricity, if not to surpass, then at least to march the output of certain countries we, with due respect to them, are way better off.
Nigerians are yet to enjoy the dividend of your promise of sufficient electricity to accommodate our day-to-day requirements thereby spending too much on alternative supply which bores deeply into our funds which would have been of better use to other affairs of our lives.
DO SOMETHING SIR!!!
Padonu O’Feranmi Petho
Writer / Motivational Speaker / Teacher
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