Nigerians throw ‘mud’ at Fashola over statement concerning power


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

1 Comment

  • Of course the Hon minister deserves the bashing.

    It’s time our leaders stop taking us for a ride. It is very insulting to our sensibilities for the minister to claim it’s not the Federal Government’s problem if we don’t have power, whose problem is it then?

    I mean why do we have government if not to take responsibility for the things the masses cannot do themselves.

    This statement is quite unfortunate to be coming from a learned fellow like Mr Fashola. It’s a complete misyarn and Nigerians deserve an apology from the minister.

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