Federal Government has assured Nigerians that it is working silently towards finding a lasting solution to the incessant attacks allegedly by Fulani herdsmen across the nation, and that the effect of such would be felt in few weeks time.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed gave this assurance yesterday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, during a special prayer for the stability of the nation and his turbaning as the grand patron of Sa’adatul Abadiyyah Organisation of Nigeria.
The minister explained that President Muhammdu Buhari had set up a panel of inquiry into the recent attacks by herdsmen to ensure that the matters surrounding the attacks are resolved.
Muhammed said communal clashes were very delicate and emotional, and as such required concerted efforts toward finding a workable solution to.
He said, “The president did speak immediately these things happened to the extent of setting up a panel of enquiry but the government is going to do more than that. These communal clashes are very delicate issues, very emotional and what the government is doing is working very silently to ensure that people who use to leave together before without any conflict will go back to that, in very weeks from now, we will begin to see the result of that.”
The minister also assured that the plan by the federal government to generate 10,000 megawatts of electricity by 2019 was very feasible, adding that the activities of agitators, especially from the South-South and South-East had not been helpful toward finding a lasting solution to the power problem.
He explained that the country has enough capacity to generate enough power for its citizenry but that the distribution power has been damaged by lack of gas occasioned by the activities of vandals.
The minister, who revealed that about five gas pipelines have been completed, appealed to Nigerians to be patriotic and desist from attacking facilities, adding that as soon as gas platforms are repaired, the country will have capacity to distribute as much as 5,000 megawatts.
He said, “It is very feasible. Actually, the capacity to generate, we don’t have any problems at all; by February 2nd this year, we were able to generate and transmit 5, 074 megawatts of power but we are in this situation today mainly because of the attacks on the export lines.
“What we have now is that we have the capacity to generate but we don’t have enough gas and as soon as these platforms are repaired, we will be able to generate and transmit more than 5, 000 megawatts, even at 10, 000 megawatts at 2019, its quite feasible.
“There are about five other pipeline projects that have been completed now and that is Ajimosho, there is Omotosho, there’s one in Sapele and the combined capacity of the four projects is well over 2, 300 but because of lack of gas, we are generating less that 500 megawatts, 10,000 megawatts by 2019 is very feasible.
“We are going to appeal to Nigerian to be very patriotic and they should please stop attacking, destroying facilities but on the part of government is that we are looking for other means of gas also from Warri so as to allow stations around Sapele to have gas.

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