Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil has replied certain statements attributed to certain leading members of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), especially Professor Yemi Osinbajo, its vice presidential candidate as regards the reforms in the power sector.
Wakil also warned Osinbajo against copyrighting the current electricity sector reform document of the Federal Government and passing it around as part of the APC manifesto, as the clergy-politician is ignorant of the current reforms being effected in the sector, which has been adjudged to be the best in sub-Saharan Africa.
Wakil further used the opportunity to challenge the APC to produce its power sector policy.
He said: “We challenge the APC to produce its power sector policy. If it has none, the party should beware of copyright violations or plagiarism,
“The opposition is confused over development in the power sector because of ignorance of the happenings in the sector. The APC lacks any coherent policy on the power sector and is displaying ignorance or mischief over existing policies and programmes in the power sector reform process,
“Pastor Osibanjo said APC will allow states to generate electricity and deepen privatisation of the power sector. The APC chieftain and his party lacked basic understanding of the far reaching reform Jonathan presidency has effected in the power sector with the road-map launched by Mr. President in 2010. How can a party promise Nigerians that states will be allowed to generate power when states have since been generating power under our power sector reforms?
“Even Lagos has independent power plant. Many states like, Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Bauchi and many others are already into generation. I think APC should go and read President Goodluck Jonathan’s power sector road-map,” he concluded.