Minister of Power, Babatunde Fashola has come under severe criticisms over a statement attributed to him, in recent publication.
The minister, was quoted to have said that, the federal government shouldn’t be blamed for the problems being experienced in the power sector.
“There are problems without a doubt and we must deal with them. But let me remind you, all of the assets that the ministry of power used to control for power have been sold by the last administration before I came. And so if you don’t have power, it is not the government’s problem. Let us be honest.”
“The people who are operating the power sector, generation and distribution are now privately owned companies. I am here because I am concerned. If your telephone is not working, it is not the minister of communication that you go to. Let us be very clear.
“So for those of you who want to weaponise electricity, face the businessmen who have taken it up. Let us be honest. If your bank over-charges you interest, is it the minister of finance you go to? So let’s be clear. This is now a private business by Act of parliament 2005.
“My role is regulatory, oversight and policy, but I have a problem which is the fact that I can’t see a problem and turn my back, so I’m getting involved. So the people you should be talking to about transformers is not me, the ministry doesn’t supply transformers anymore.”
However, some Nigerians aren’t hearing any of it, as they have taken to Twitter to fire several shots, at the former Lagos state governor over the statement.
Some reactions below
If I were ever to believe a cloning story (as stupid as is)
Then it has to be with Fashola
This is not the man I used to know
So, will the real Fashola please stand up
please stand up
please stand up pic.twitter.com/wxIdpo64uP
— Tunji Andrews (@TunjiAndrews) December 13, 2018
"If you don’t have power it is not the Federal Goverment’s problem" – Tunde Fashola, Minister of Power, Works and Housing.
The Prince of Darkness has spoken.
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) December 13, 2018
So when we don't have light, it is not the government's fault or even business according to Fashola.
But when there is improvement in the situation, government is quick to claim credit for it & chalk it down as one of their successes.
Which is it? Because it can't be both.
— Babanla (@biolakazeem) December 13, 2018