Friday, December 11, 2009

Nigeria's vice President, Goodluck Jonathan, recently promised that Nigerians will not need generators in 2010. According to the Vice President, the federal government has taken the necessary steps to improve electricity supply in 2010 and thus limit the necessity for generators. However, it seems that while ordinary Nigerians might not need generators, Aso Rock, the residence of Nigeria's President Yar'Adua is scheduled to use generators. Not up to 1 after that declaration, it was revealed that N542.4 million is budgeted to buy generator fuel to power the President's residence and another N100 million for generator equipment at the Vice President's mansion.

The irony of this basic information is glaring and saddening. It continues to be a shame that politicians fail to be consistent in not just their message, but their alleged commitments. Jonathan's promise on electricity reinforces the need for the federal government to accomplish its promise to generate at least 6000MW before January 2010. The nation's electricity provider, PHCN, claims it now generates 5300MW & will hit the 6000MW deadline on time. While this is encouraging news, the unfortunate reality is that electricity generation does not equal power supply. Consequently, even if the 6000MW target is achieved, the federal government must still find a way of getting that power to homes and businesses on a consistent basis. So far, that goal has not been achieved, but it is not out of reach.

Hattip to blogger NoLimit who helped find a picture of a generator in Lagos that had, shall we say, 'character'.

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Anonymous said...

Hmmm, what is more worrisome to me is not even that they (the presidency) do not fulfill their promises or better still cannot actualise what they have seemingly planned to achieve.

What is most worrisome to me is that a whole government cannot be CO-ORDINATED to even 'post' the populace when they fail to (or is apparent will not) deliver.

Can all the media advisers, strategists et al not write a simply convincing script that tho' might be apparent is not the whole truth, will still make the populace put their minds at rest?


@ rethots: "some version of the truth" is what I like to call it and have advocated the same as yourself. Well, we shall see, but I will not hold my breath unfortunately.

Hope all is well with you and yours and thanks for taking the time start the conversation.

Dojaa said...

Isnt 2010 a few days away? lol!

Azazel said...

Mehn these guys are a joke.. Wth ahn ahn..

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Beauty said...

Which is easier? A 200 word comment or Nigeria's vice President, Goodluck Jonathan is an idiot.

Olaitan Mayowa Adeoye said...


NaijaBabe said...

These guys are all talk. Seriously!!!!

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