Cleric seeks deregulation of power sector in Nigeria

Eme Offiong, Calabar

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The deregulation of Nigeria’s power sector has been identified as the panacea to incessant power outages in the country.

A cleric, Reverend Tunde Adeleye, the Archbishop of Niger Delta Ecclesiastical Province of the Anglican Communion, made the call during a chat with newsmen in Calabar, Cross River State, southern Nigeria.

Adeleye, who is also the Chairman, Christian council of Nigeria, south-south zone, stated that the current privatization arrangement has further crippled the electricity distribution in the country.

According to him: “The power distribution companies in Nigeria have become totally ineffective and irrelevant. There is complete failure in this sector and it is clear that these companies are unable to supply domestic and industrial electricity despite all the available resources.”

Crippling Activities

He noted that due to the failure of the distribution companies to supply power across the various zones and States they serve, socio-economic activities have been crippled.

“Failure in the power sector is crippling the economic, agricultural and industrial developments. Private generators are now the popular efforts. Our cathedral in Calabar spends close to one million naira every month on diesel and petrol to power our generators,” the cleric lamented.

Adeleye averred: “If you go to business areas, markets and several offices, both public and private, the noise pollution is beyond what a person can accommodate. Nigerians are really suffering from lack of power and the economy is seriously affected.”

Way Forward 

The cleric remarked that for Nigeria’s economy to continue to grow, the government need to, as a matter of urgency, remove all the restrictions and make the electricity distribution market open to more viable and competent firms to operate.

He stated: “The way forward for us as Nigerians is to have more companies in the electricity supply business so that we can all make choices rather than be arm twisted to patronize a single company in each of the geopolitical zones.”

“My dear people, just as we are at liberty to enjoy the services by the different telecommunication outfits in Nigeria, we should as well enjoy the same liberty in the power sector. Let there be competition,” added the cleric.

Omolayo.A