Former Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, has blamed the inability of the Dr Goodluck Jonathan’s administration to turn around the power sector due to those he called saboteurs in the system.
The former Vice Chancellor, Federal University, Oye Ekiti, Ekiti State said, “it was quite disturbing that in spite of the appreciable efforts made by the immediate past government that the cabals were destroying gas pipes constantly, with the intention to sabotage Jonathan’s strides in the sector”
Nebo, who spoke in Ikole Ekiti at the weekend while being conferred with honourary title of Ateyese of Egbeoba kingdom by the Elekole, Oba Ajibade Fasiku, said the noticeable improvement in power supply across the country under President Muhammadu Buhari was a reflection of what Jonathan did in the sector.
Oba Fasiku, who also conferred honourary title of Yeye Atayese on the former Minister’s wife, Felicia Nebo, said the town is recognizing them for their contributions to the establishment and nurturing of the Faculty of Engineering at the Ikole campus of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti.
The traditional ruler also honoured the pioneer Dean of Engineering of the university, Professor Christian Amaechi Bolu as Otun Atayese of Ikole , and his wife, Vivian Bolu as Yeye Otun Atayese at the event.
Prof. Nebo insisted that it will be wrong to attribute the improvement in the power supply across Nigeria to Buhari’s body language and resolve to fight corruption, saying Jonathan’s heavy investment in the sector has started to yield dividends for Nigerians.
Nebo also appealed to the people from the South East to refrain from castigating President Buhari over perceived marginalization of the region in the appointments he had made so far, saying such imbalance would be corrected in the subsequent appointments.
The former minister called on President Muhammadu Buhari to focus attention on embedded power generation and strengthen the infrastructure for transmission for the dream of total resuscitation of the sector to be realizable.
“Some said it was Buhari’s body language that brought the improvement but I didn’t know what they meant. You can see that these saboteurs have stopped regular bursting of the gas pipes that powered the electricity since President Buhari came on board. Some people did not want Jonathan to succeed.
“Some of these people were doing this great disservice because they did not like President Jonathan. The regular supply is Jonathan’s labour. The present administration has not added any value to the sector and Nigerians must appreciate this.”
Speaking further on the need to revamp the power sector wholesomely, Nebo said: “President Buhari will do wonders if he strengthen embedded generation and build more infrastructure for transmission of power.
“He should also change the threshold for licensing from one megawatt to 5 megawatts because the former has no incentive for investors and I believe Nigeria will leapfrog from 4,000mgws to something more appreciable if this is done”, he said.
The former minister warned that people should stop using Nigeria’s diversity to cause crisis in the system, saying “the greatest strength we have in this country is our diversity and it should be used for the benefit of all rather using it to cause more confusion in the system.

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