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10,000 Megawatts Of Electricity Achievable – S’East APC

Posted: Mar 23, 2016 at 12:47 am   /   by   /   comments (0)
Emmanuel Nzomiwu, Enugu
The South-East Zone of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has reassured Nigerians that the target set by President Muhamadu Buhari to generate 10,000 megawatts of electricity in three years is achievable.
The Spokesman of the South-East APC Leadership Caucus, Osita Okechukwu, gave this assurance in a statement on Tuesday in Enugu.
Following such targets set in the part that were never realized, many Nigerians have been expressing skepticism over the latest target announced by the President on Monday.
But, Okechukwu said the target is achievable not only because of the political will of President Buhari, but also the abundant natural resources in the country.
The statement read in part: “We appreciate Mr. President’s total commitment to put full stop to the butt of jokes and laughing stock Nigerians make over incessant power cuts, high electricity bills, obsolete power equipments and failure of the electricity privatization exercise.
“It is our candid view that the target is achievable. For instance, given federal, state and local support and baring bureaucratic bottleneck, our study shows that the South East zone alone can generate 3,000 Mega Watts within the stipulated timeline set by Mr President via: Enugu Coal – 1,000MW, Ugwoba Gas -500MW, Oguta Gas -500MW and Ukwa Gas Axis -1,000MW,” Okechukwu stated.
He however noted that to actualise this noble target, Mr. President must not fall into the pitfalls of the previous regimes that adopted the nebulous policy that government has no business investing in the power sector and hence abandoned the critical sector to private investors.
Okechukwu stressed that no country has advanced its critical infrastructure without either state intervention or guarantees to foreign investors or both, just as he warned against the failure to locate power plants near the location of raw materials.
He maintained that the 10,000MW of electricity target is achievable, not only because of the political will of President Buhari, but because of abundance of natural resources in the country.