Friday, July 28, 2006

Another Political I.O.U: Power Generation to Hit 15,000MW by 2010

"Govt unveils 25-year power generation development plan" goes the headline in one of the Nigerian newspapers- the Guardian: July 29, 2006 edition.
"...The country would achieve power generation capacity of 14,837 MW by 2009 and in 2010 the level will hit 15,853mw...12 different power stations are at various stages of completion to ensure the actualisation of the generation expansion plan, adding that Siemens, a private station would generate 1,000 mega watts, which will be commissioned by the Federal Government in Abeokuta by December 2006.", according to the Power and Steel Minister, Senator Liyel Imoke.
How many promises and political I.O.U's have remained unfilfilled since Nigeria gained independence 46 years ago from the British? Didn't the current administration state that power generation was a priority in 1999 when Mr Obasanjo first became the president?

It might be a better policy for the government to remain quiet because some Nigerians are watching and keeping tabs on these political I.O.U's.

Related links:
Let there be light
Reforming a utility company
The Aba Clean Energy Carbon Project, Nigeria