MINISTER of Power, Works and Housing Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, presided over a meeting held on Thursday at the historic signing of agreements between the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC, and Aba Power Limited to end a three year dispute that had stalled the completion of a 141 MW Power Project in Aba.
Speaking after witnessing the signing of the agreements between the aforementioned companies and Interstate Electricity Limited, Fashola expressed confidence that the temporary energy crisis facing the country and the target of 10,000 Mega Watts set by President Muhammad Buhari will be accomplished.
In a statement signed by the Special Adviser on Communications to the Minister, Mr. Hakeem Bello, the Minister made an appeal that everybody must contribute to solving the problem rather than be a part of the problem at hand.
He noted that though courts may be the right place to resolve disputes, common sense will make more meaning to the people of Aba and to the traders in Ariaria, who would benefit immensely from the resolution of the dispute.
The Minister said with such landmark resolution of a dispute that had interrupted the completion of a critical power project in the South East and the recovery of four turbines that were hitherto down in Jebba, he was certain that the country’s power challenges can be surmounted.
”l think this are some of the silver lining on the clouds of our energy crisis, again, we had some outages on our turbines in Jebba but l am happy to inform you that three of the four have been put back into operation and that there is again stability in the system,” he noted.
“With privatization, it shows that within one DisCo there can be two players there, and so for me, even in spite of the energy crisis that we seem to be going through, which is very temporary, we will turn this course, l see many more blessings and l see more opportunities round the corner and one of these is that investments worth over 500 million dollars into the region can feel safe,” he said.
While identifying the importance of the Aba project, the Minister said, “Again it is important that the power coming from Aba is defining, like l said, the power coming into the country is not enough, and how do you share what is not enough, it is not possible, so what we need to do is generate more power.
“The 200 megawatts coming from Aba is very important and it’s good news for the market,” adding that one of the country’s power plants close to completion (Gbarain in Bayelsa State) was fired some nights back for pre-commissioning tests.
“The first turbine is on and is being synchronised and that is what we are saying and with incremental power, we will achieve the target set by Mr. President,” he said.
Fashola thanked the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Loius Edozien for working arduously to realise the truce. He also acknowledged former President Abdulsalami Abubakar and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo for their vital intervention at a critical moment.

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