The minister of power, Adebayo Adelabu, has urged Nigerians to stop raining curses on electricity workers in the country but always pray for them.
He said only prayers and support from Nigerians can make the power ministry succeed in its vision towards providing adequate and stable electricity to Nigerians.
Speaking in Ibadan on Friday, August 25, during a courtesy visit to the Central Council of Ibadan Indegenes (CCII), the power minister promised to fix numerous challenges facing the national grid.
He said the power sector despite being the most criticised, yet, pivotal to the economic emancipation of Nigeria, saying 70 percent of Nigeria’s problem would be solved if Nigeria gets it right in power sector.
He said his vision for the mnistry of power is to leverage on Nigerian Electricity Act of 2023 which opened new avenues for power provision and encourages collaboration among states and federal governments.
He said the ministry under his leadership would foster robust partnerships between the private and public sectors and build upon the foundation laid by his predecessors.
“The Electricity Act of 2023 has unbundled electricity generation, in Nigeria. So I will urge all State governors to accelerate the passage of Electricity bill in their states.”
The former deputy governor of CBN thanked the leadership of CCII for the honour and promised to ensure the Ikere Gorge dam generates 20 KVA hydro-electricity.
He added: “Ikere Gorge Dam is one of the major dams constructed by the Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority to tap the water resources of the Ogun River basin.”
Earlier in his remark, the CCII president-general, Niyi Ajewole, urged Adelabu to join hands with Governor Makinde for the progress of Ibadanland and Oyo state, saying this is a critical time for people of the state to resolve to achieve sustainable development through collaboration of brilliant minds.
He, however, thanked President Bola Tinubu for considering an Ibadan son, dependable technocrats as member of his cabinet, commending Makinde for supporting nomination of Adelabu as Minister that represents the state.