Presidency; Expect Power Supply Boom By September 2014

The presidency yesterday applauded NOI Polls,Nigeria’s leading opinion poll and research organisation over the governance polls it released recently in which about 53 per cent of Nigerian rated President Goodluck Jonathan’s performance high especially on power, saying Nigerians should expect more power supply at the end of next month and uninterrupted power supply by the end of 2014.

The summary of the survey carried out by the organisation for the month of July 2013 had indicated that 53 per cent of Nigerians sampled in the exercise was satisfied with the president’s performance,with majority of respondents attributing the high approval rating to improvement in power supply across the country.

To this effect, the presidency said Nigerians should expect a boom in power supply by September 2014.

“It is expected that by the time most of the hydro power dams which are currently been rehabilitated also resume operations by the end of September 2013,most Nigerian cities will have more hours of power supply from the national grid and this will undoubtedly improve social and economic activities,increase industrial production and create jobs for young Nigerians”, Dr. Doyin Okupe, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs promised at a press conference yesterday.

The implication of this and other reforms, Okupe added, “is that without any doubt,before the end of 2014,Nigerians’ long held dream of joining the world list of countries with uninterrupted power supply will be closer in reality than it has ever been.

“Similarly,with the total completion of the divestment of government’s dominant interest in the capital assets of the power sector, Nigeria is set to reap the benefits of a geometric increase in power generation,transmission and distribution in a manner similar to what happened in the telecommunication sector after its privatisation”, he added.

Explaining why the administration achieved so much in the power sector, he said, “The present power improvement noticed and acknowledged in some parts of the country is due partly to measures put in place by government to reduce points of leakages and transmission failure as well as improve transmission capacity of power infrastructure.”

“While we acknowledge the positive indicators in NOI’s survey with regards to the approval rating of Mr Presidents performance by majority of Nigerians,we wish to assure that the President will not rest on his oars regarding the promise he made to Nigerians on provision of uninterrupted power supply as a key component of the Transformation Agenda.

Source: Leadership News

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