Mike-UzoigweManaging Director, Egbin Power Plc, Mike Uzoigwe said at the weekend that Nigeria ranked first in impunity on power assets vandalism in the World.

Uzoigwe who said this in Lagos at the 80th anniversary celebration lecture of Christ the King College (CKC), Onitsha also maintained that history would not forget past military and political leaders of Nigeria for the woes of the power sector.

He lamented: “I have not seen a place anywhere in the world where the people vandalise and cut important cables of strategic lines, take them to an open market and sell them. Nowhere in the world will you find anything like this.

“For instance in Egbin, we are doing only 500 megawatts, when we have capacity to generate 900 MW, because since about three months there have been impairment on the line that supply gas to the plant. What follows this is the repair work on the line and after this was done those vandals went back and vandalise this pipeline.”

Delivering a lecture entitled: “The Nigerian Electricity Power Story: The Way Forward,” Uzoigwe who doubles as the board member of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) said: “The maximum power ever to have been generated in Nigeria history was 4,517.6MW achieved on 20 December 2012, whereas by my calculation we need a minimum of 25, 000 MW for Nigerians to feel the impact of the electricity supply in Nigeria.”

Nigeria, a country of about 160 million people is presently generating about 3, 000 Mega Watts (MW).

The leadership, especially the military leaders, the Egbin Power Plc boss said at the lectured attended by the National President, CKC, Onitsha, Joe Billy Ekwunife; Chairman, Lagos Branch, George Onwubuya and other prominent alumni of the school, “refused to listen. I do not know why most of those who were in the (Presidential) villa before Obasanjo eft the electricity sector unattended to then.

“Between 1980 and 1989 when we had the population explosion, our government, particularly the military did not deem it fit to build more generating plants. All they concentrated on was the transmission.

“Between 1990 and 2005, fifteen years, no one generating plant was built by these so called leaders. It is ridiculous to note that this was a period when more states and more local government were created.

“The NEPA staff who insisted on ensuring that the right thing is done were sacked. One of these engineers was Engineer Somolu who was sacked by Yar’Adua administration but was later called back.”


[Daily Independent]