“President Goodluck Jonathan Lied”

President Goodluck Jonathan’s recent Facebook claim about three weeks of uninterrupted electricity supply to Anambra state capital, Awka, is nowhere near the reality, residents of the town said in a quick rebuttal that again casts doubt on the president’s public claim about his achievements.

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Residents from several streets of Awka said while power supply had improved in their areas in the past couple of weeks, the difference was fairly minimal to be regarded as “steady” since interruptions have continued.

“They give us light mostly in the day time and take it during the night when we need it most,” said Mike Nweke, who lives along Zik Avenue, and runs a shop at Eke Awka market. “In spite of the fact that our NEPA credit finishes within days of recharge. There is nothing to celebrate.

Four other residents of the area corroborated that claim of improved power supply over the past three weeks, but they all added that the usual power failure persisted.

At Ifite Awka, mostly habited by students of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, residents said the only difference they witnessed in recent weeks has been the stoppage of the power rationing called “One day ON, one day OFF”, which makes light available to different areas on alternate days.

“Before they use to share light for us and that made us to be having light once in two days but now that has become history because they are now giving us light everyday though the power supply has never been stable as claimed by the president,” one student said.

The responses, randomly drawn from several parts of Awka, particularly refuted the president’s claim about “uninterrupted public power” in a Facebook comment on Thursday.

In the unusual post, which the president said was meant to “drown out the unacceptable negatives in the polity”, Mr. Jonathan highlighted the appointment by telephone company, MTN, of its first Nigerian Chief Executive, as the proceed of his administration’s resolve to build local content; and spoke of steady electricity in Awka, and the registration of the new party, All Progressives Congress, as a reflection of the success of his government’s reforms.

“The second occurrence is the celebration by the city of Awka, in Anambra state of three weeks of uninterrupted public power supply and counting,” Mr. Jonathan wrote. “More cities will soon be able to have such celebrations because the Roadmap to Power Sector Reforms is having the desired effects with almost all of Nigeria’s electricity Distribution companies (Discos) and Generating companies (Gencos) now in private hands as I promised on the 26th of August 2010 in Lagos when I launched the Power Roadmap.”

For a president whose past claims on achievements, particularly about power supply had all turned out fictitious, and were roundly refuted by Nigerians, his remarks about Anambra state immediately stirred swift reactions from Nigerians.

Readers who responded to PREMIUM TIMES’ call on Facebook, asking Awka residents for response, provided mixed opinion of the situation in the commercial state.

While a majority denied the president’s claim, a few admitted the situation had improved.

A respondent, Oraneto Ndubuisi, affirmed, “For real, four weeks now”, while another, Toby Obaji, interjected, “Wait a minute, are you guys trying to say three hours or three weeks. Well, if its three hours …yes, sometimes. If you actually mean three weeks, then it’s not this Awka, might be the Awka in Japan.”

Other residents from different parts of the town, interviewed by our reporter in Awka, returned a verdict that largely disclaimed Mr. Jonathan’s.

At Ogechuckwu Street, five people interviewed said there was no difference in power supply in the area over the past three months because they still used generators at night.

At Emma-Nnaemeka Street, residents also denied there was stable power supply in the area as claimed by the president.

“Enough of that lie and those people presenting those lies to Mr. President should stop it,” one man, visibly angered by the question, said.

In Akoyele Street, one resident who gave his name as Uche, said although an equipment was stolen from the transformer in his neighbourhood weeks ago, resulting in total outage in the area, the situation has only improved to the previous unstable power after residents contributed money to replace the equipment.

“Light no dey my house now as I dey talk to you,” he said in pidgin English.

At Ichida Street, two residents there dismissed the president’s claim as political rhetoric that sought to woo supporters ahead of the forthcoming governorship election in the state.

“I think this is a campaign style of the PDP, they want to use lies to capture Anambra in the forthcoming election and we shall resist them,” a resident who refused to disclose his name said.

Those who spoke at Araba Street, said although they had witnessed a little improvement in power supply over the past few weeks, the power was never stable. One resident in the area further said that while power in the street improved minimally in the past three months, it was “nothing to celebrate”.

A similar reaction came from Arthur Eze Avenue, where locals chided the president for often failing to verify information passed to him.

“Oga Goodluck should always cross-check every information given to him before announcing them to the public. He should stop betraying our trust in him,” one residents who gave her name as Florence said.

At Dike Street, a resident who gave his name as Nzekwe Echezona, gave a similar response about improved but never stable electricity.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Just imagine the achievements, so called, that the President is beating his chest for: appointment of first Nigerian MD of MTN; registration of APC; and three weeks uninterrupted power supply in Awka. Its a shame that the President would list an insignificant appointment by a multinational organisation – which appointment the President did not even procure – as his achievement. Then again the President want us to consider the registration of a single political party by INEC that is supposed to be independent of the President, as his achievement. If registration of political parties is to be the yardstick for measuring achievements by governments in Nigeria, then Obasanjo would be given a gold medal for recording the registration of numerous polital parties under his regime. For a President who told us that we would enjoy unterrupted power supply throughout Nigeria by December 2011, to be bosting of three weeks of uninterrupted power supply in a tiny state capital – even if it is true – is an attempt to indulge in self denial of his obvious faiure in ensuring uninterrupted power supply through out the country. That the President, after about six years in the saddle as President of Nigeria, would contemplate these nainly private and localised matters to be of national imprtance, not to mention voicing them as his achievement, is a clear indication that his administration has nothing to offer us now or in the near future.

  2. The president should not have promised stable power when he knows its not possible. Buh, lets come to reality, do yu guys expect to av stable power when the other 35 states are stilll battling with theirs. I laff yu in chinese………………….shang sun xion su jing

  3. Mr president was right, base on the info the gave him. I been in Awka for some weeks now. There is good improvement in power supply in Awka unless you are enemy of progress and you will not agree, as written now there is light now. When we see good things we must appreciate it. Am not saying the president is perfect . Good is good.

    • TNX BRO. LEAVE THE PRESIDENT ALONE, WHEN THEY TELL ANY ONE OF US TO SIT OUR BUM BUMS ON THAT SIT NOW, WE WILL BE AS CONFUSED AS EVER.

  4. This country from Top to Down we all lack respect we can insult who ever we want so long he/she does not belong to our group or does not speak our language i want you all to remember that the devil you is better than the angel you don’t know,also i can say for my self that for the past months i have had change in my power supply,so to rebuild what have been destroyed it is never an easy thing to do been a Governor is very much different from been a President let us give him a Chance to complete what he stated, now everybody insulting him as if his a baby ,when you can not insult your Governors due to fear,What we don’t understand in Nigeria is that Presidency is an Institution not an Individual let us learn to respect the institution.We all turned our anger towards the President than forgetting about the Senators and Reps who want to turn NASS to their home,been the highest paid Senators and Reps in the world and also given themselves life pensions but no One is talking about that we are all insulting the President we should learn from other countries and fight for our future .

  5. Nomather what you did whether it’s good or not people must complain,my advise to my able mr president is that,he should continues his good work and put behind himself an insults from the enemies of progress. Mr Goodluck Jonathan we know that our God Almighty is with you so you have no reasons to be afraid.

  6. We Nigerian we are all tired with this no electricity,no education,no job for youth,no security, no…..no…..
    We hope APC to top 2015 by God grace.

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