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    Atiku to Fix Energy Impasse If Elected

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    By Balarabe Oshiafi, Abuja

    Following the seemingly intractable energy crisis in Nigeria and the just-called-off strike embarked upon by Electricity Workers, the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the coming general elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, GCON, has revealed his plans to make power supply become stable if made the President of the Nation.

    Speaking in Abuja on Thursday ,he said, ” Having keenly observed and monitored developments in the power sector within the last 24 hours, I am again convinced that my solution to the electricity crisis, as encapsulated in my Policy Document, My Covenant with Nigerians, remains the most proactive plan to lead Nigeria out of darkness.

    “In this regard, my approach is to first remove the entire electricity value chain from the exclusive list and give states the power to generate, transmit and distribute electricity for themselves. An industrial dispute with the FG in Abuja should not affect an industry in Lagos or a factory in Aba or in Kano or even an average Nigerian who just wants to get home, watch the news and sleep under a ceiling fan.

    The former Vice President spoke further, “Secondly, my policy shall aim at achieving greater coordination of investments in the entire electricity value chain. Investments in additional generation capacity are futile without consideration for the complementary transmission and distribution infrastructure to wheel the additional energy.

    “Any investment in additional generation capacity would be competitively procured considering a viable mix of renewable (hydro, solar, wind and biofuels) and non-renewable (coal, gas) options for energy security.

    “Thirdly, ahead of procuring additional generation, both transmission and distribution capacities would be enhanced with government and private sector support for investments. In this regard, we shall incentivize private investors to invest in the development of multiple green-field mini-grid transmission systems to be looped into the super-grip in the medium to long term while allowing the FG focus on policy, regulation, and standardization.

    On the allegation that he owns a generator company, the PDP presidential candidate has this to say, “My aspiration to be President is to protect the interest of the average Nigerian in all circumstances, and on this, I stand to say that I have no interest either directly or indirectly in any generator company, as has been publicly alleged”,

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