From Okwe Obi, Abuja
The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), said on Thursday that the power supply system collapse that occurred twice in the national power grid in the space of 48 hours this week was a reflection of the final collapse of the federal government led by the Congress of All Progressives. .
HURIWA, in a statement by his National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, said yesterday that it was regrettable that despite APC campaign promises in 2015 to provide stable power supply to Nigerians, the President’s government Muhammadu Buhari failed and made the situation worse. the country’s electricity problems.
Onwubiko said that despite the billions of naira spent on the electricity sector by the Buhari government, Nigerians continue to wallow in epileptic power supply and total darkness.
He lamented that the current social and economic crises “are aggravated by the double evil of the scarcity of gasoline and electricity which occurs simultaneously and thus paralyzes the national economy in what is clearly the agenda of the anarchists. and saboteurs embedded in the Congress of All Progressives”.
He said: “The collapse of the national grid this week amid gasoline shortages, soaring diesel and aviation fuel prices, among other socio-economic woes, is indicative of the total collapse of the All Progressives Congress government that failed to deliver on its campaign promises. after deceiving the Nigerians.
“As a coincidence, the current crisis in the APC seals the collapse of the ruling party.
“Since 2015 that the APC has been in power, billions of dollars have been invested in the electricity sector, but this government continues to rehash the same old reasons for the constant collapse of the national grid. It is clear that the APC has deceived the Nigerians and there is a lot of corruption in the electricity sector.
“It’s embarrassing for a country that has 209.5 trillion cubic feet of gas reserves and is the eighth largest producer in the world to suffer power outages due to lack of gas to power its thermal power plants.
“The current 1,080 MW of solar energy and 1,936 MW of hydropower are infinitesimal, given the country’s potential. A combination of energy sources including wind, solar, hydro, thermal and coal should be explored by the Nigerian Gas Company.
“As usual, the APC government and President Buhari made excuses and transferred responsibility to the previous People’s Democratic Party government, but surely Nigerians know that only failures blame others for personal defeat. In addition, seven years is enough to solve the problems of the electricity sector.
“Last September, the president, after realizing his self-defeat and failure in the energy sector, fired energy minister Sale Mamman and then appointed Aliyu, but the current energy minister Energy is no different as the sector goes from bad to worse.
“The president must be held to account, admit his failures and work with state governors, the private sector and international development partners to come up with lasting solutions. It is important to note that President Muhammadu Buhari must fish out familiar enemies from within his political camp as it is clear that these economic meltdowns are engineered from within the corridors of power in Abuja.