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Power, not oil is most critical sector to Nigeria's economy- Jedy

From R-L : The Honourable Minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman with the Honourable Minister of State For Power, Hon. Goddy Jedy-Agba, OFR, Dan Jarin Nupe at the retreat

The Honourable Minister of State for Power, Honourable Goddy Jedy-Agba, OFR Dan Jarin Nupe has identified power as the mainstay and most critical sector to Nigeria's economic development.

Jedy-Agba stated this On Friday in Calabar during the first edition of the ministry's retreat for top management officials with the theme "Building synergy for effective service delivery in the power sector".

The Honourable Minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman who presented the keynote address had earlier identified five key areas which the ministry intend to address to achieve improved power supply.

These areas according to him are critical to any meaningful change that must happen in the sector to achieve the administration's mandate of steady power supply.

They include, "ensuring market liquidity and sustainability, addressing infrastructural mis-alignment between transmission and distribution, fast tracking implementation of FGN intervention projects example, Mambilla Hydro and others, increasing universal access to electricity services and strengthening sector coordination and policy direction".
A cross section of participants at the retreat

While explaining the essence of the retreat, the Minister of State who chaired the occasion said that it was organised to address the gaps in operations existing between the Ministry and its agencies and to establish a good working relationship for the implementation of government policies aimed at improving power supply in the country.

He emphasized the need for synergy among agencies, parastatals, departments and units in the ministry for effective delivery, noting that the objective of the President Muhammadu Buhari's administration to provide steady power supply will be hampered if stakeholders in the sector don't work together.

According to him, "Forget what the NNPC is generating, Power is the mainstay of our economy. Without power, the oil sector cannot generate anything; so even the NNPC depends on power to generate revenue for government".

He added that "I cannot overemphasize the fact that the entire nation has its eyes glued on the Power sector, ironically the power sector can be likened to the human eyes. Once the eyes are closed darkness takes over. However, I strongly believe that at the end of this retreat, the eyes will be wide open and light shall be fully restored".

Earlier, the Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Engr. Ahmed Abu said that the retreat which was the initiative of the Minister of State for Power was strategically organised to discuss salient issues in the sector as well as the relationship gap between the Ministry and its agencies.

Abu maintained that the "the essence of the retreat is to provide an opportunity for all participants to interact with one another and analyse critical issues that affect the sector, with a view to proffering solutions towards and chatting a way forward".
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  1. Like both Ministers rightly stated, the mainstay to Nigeria's economic development is actually power. Without power, no money churning industry can work. Convening a strategic meeting to save the power sector is worthwhile.

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