Nigeria’s Minister for Power, Babatunde Fashola, who was the guest speaker at the 12th Monthly Power Sector and Stakeholders’ Meeting in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital revealed he will resist paying his electricity bills over poor services.
“The 3,500MW to 3,800MW that we have been able to keep on the grid over the last few months will be assisted greatly if we can have the gas pipelines back and add 3,000MW to it. That means we will be able to deliver well over 6,000MW if the gas pipelines are safe.
“Consumers are more resistant to payment when they don’t have electricity, and I will be, too, and you will be too.
“We see that they [consumers] pay more when the power is more stable. Of course, there are issues also at the retail end – metering, estimated bills” he said.
The Minister also stressed that consumers can also help improve power services in the country by saying NO to criminal activities.
“You will see that government has begun to act. The Vice President, representing the President, is going round those Niger Delta communities, engaging them more openly, more robustly.
“The idea is to bring them to the table to stop the vandalism while the issues that agitate them can be treated and resolved. I believe that if we are successful as we expect to be, we should be able to, sometimes, this year recover all the 3,000MW that has been lost to gas pipeline outages.”