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Power Sector’s Dismal Performance And Paying For Darkness: Is Makinde, Mutfwang’s Attempts A Bid To Reinvent The Wheel?


The Oasis Reporters


February 21, 2024

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gov. Makinde at the British American Tobacco Company.

 

 

 



Only recently, Oyo state governor, Engr Seyi Makinde visited the British American Tobacco (BAT) company in Ibadan to commission their new green energy power plant which is a giant move to walk away from chimneys of smoke and also the business of cigarette smoking.

 

 



BAT had previously diverted into full scale farming and governor Makinde was there to commission their farm.


Now Makinde wants to also walk in their shoes by trying to provide electricity for Oyo State. He signed the Electricity Regulatory Bill of Oyo state into law.

 

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde (sitting); signing into law the Electricity Regulatory Commission Bill of Oyo State, with him from left are, Commissioner for Energy, Seun Ashamu; Deputy Governor, Barr Bayo Lawal; Attorney General and Commissionr for Justice, Barr Biodun Aikomo; Deputy Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon Abiodun Fadeyi and Chairman, House Committee on Energy, Hon Oladeji Oparinde, held at Governor’s Office, Secretariat, Ibadan. PHOTO: Oyo Gov’s Media Unit.

 


This was on the heels of the power Minister, Adebayo Adelabu who had urged Nigerians not to accept inadequate power supply, adding that achieving a consistent and stable power grid is a top priority for the Tinubu administration.




He said: “There must be improvement in power supply. That is what the government plans to do. People should not pay for darkness. When people have a 24-hour power supply, they can pay double for electricity because you have saved them the money to power generators.”



Oyo State governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, had said that the state will be the first in the country to achieve energy sufficiency.



The governor, who stated that achieving energy sufficiency in Oyo State has always been a major focus of his government, expressed the readiness of the state to partner with the British American Tobacco (BAT), Ibadan Plant, to achieve this.

 

 

 

 




Governor Makinde gave this indication when he attended the 20th Anniversary of the BAT Ibadan Plant, held at the company’s premises in Ibadan.


The governor commended the company for its immense contributions to Oyo State over the years, promising to sustain the conducive environment in which BAT and other companies are operating in the state.


He noted that the state would look forward to working with BAT to improve electricity supply in the state.


He said: “You are going to be commissioning a 1.4 megawatts solar plant. This is pretty much in line with our aspiration in Oyo State.


“For us, energy sufficiency is a big part of this administration. When I came in, there was no Energy Ministry but we now have and the Commissioner for the Ministry is here.


“Less than 3km from here, you have the City Gate for the gas coming into Ibadan. So, we should be able to work together to utilise Nigerian gas in this environment.”


Governor Makinde, who maintained that the state will also within the next few weeks, commission its 11 Megawatts Power Plant, with 10 Megawatts gas-driven while 1 Megawatt is solar-powered, said he would soon sign the Bill establishing the Oyo State Electricity Regulatory Commission.

 



At about the same time, Plateau State governor, Caleb Mutfwang said,


“Yesterday marked a significant milestone as I signed two electricity laws into effect, aimed at advancing state development.

 

Plateau state governor, Caleb Mutfwang signs the electricity generation Bill.

 

 

 



These laws, the Plateau State Energy Corporation and Plateau State Electricity Market, aim to streamline electricity generation, including renewable sources, and make Plateau a key electricity provider. With your cooperation and support, this vision is entirely achievable”. Mutfwang wrote.

 

 

 

 

https://x.com/CalebMutfwang/status/1754952717091422479?s=20

 




Within the same period, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governors had gathered at Jos in Governor Mutfwang’s office.

 


Both Makinde and Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki were there. The interesting thing about their meeting in Jos was that it was around that time that Makinde and Mutfwang announced their grand plans for electricity generation and provision, an area that has crowned Governor Obaseki as a libero of some sort.

PDP governors at their meeting in Jos with Mutfwang in the middle, Makinde ( second left) and Obaseki, extreme right.


Obaseki is currently a governor that is providing electric power for his state despite his state having less gas deposits, compared to his neighboring Delta State with enormous gas reserves, yet it’s then governor who was more adept at binge borrowing but did not see the potential in providing electricity for his state and its people.


Makinde and Mutfwang should better consult Obaseki for his blueprint and make plans to sign him on as consultant when he leaves office in a few months time.


Greg Abolo.

Greg Abolo

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