Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has called on consumers of electricity in the country to hold the DisCos responsible for the problem of power supply being experienced in the country.
Fashola who disclosed that the problem of power supply is not a Federal Government’s problem, as the sector was privatized.
The Minister stated this while speaking at the Nextier Power Dialogue on Wednesday night in Abuja, where he was a guest.
According to Fashola, “There are problems without a doubt and we must deal with them. But let me remind you, all of the assets that the Ministry of Power used to control for power, have been sold by the last administration before I came. And so if you don’t have power, it is not the government’s problem. Let us be honest.
“The people who are operating the power sector, generation and distribution are now privately owned companies. I am here because I am concerned. If your telephone is not working, it is not the minister of communication that you go to.
He continued by stating that, “So for those of you who want to weaponize electricity, face the businessmen who have taken it up. Let us be honest. If your bank over-chargesyou interest, is it the minister of finance you go to? So let’s be clear. Thisis now a private business by Act of parliament 2005.
“My role is regulatory, oversight and policy, but I have a problem which is the fact that I can’t see a problem and turn my back, so I’m getting involved. So the people you should be talking to about transformers is not me, the ministry doesn’t supply transformers anymore.”
When asked by a participant that his ministry oversees agencies under it, so is responsible for goings on there, Fashola has
“So the FIFA man does not enter the field to say go and change the result, but it’s an interesting analogy that I’ve also contemplated in my head and that’s why you didn’t catch me by too much surprise. However, it is important to allow the referee to continue to decide the game because investors like to know who decides.”