FG not against state power projects – Fashola

The Federal Government on Thursday said it was not against state governments developing their own power projects to support development and supply of incremental power .
The Minster of Power , Works and Housing , Mr Babatunde Fashola , reiterated the position of the Federal Government at a meeting of the National Council on Power (NACOP ) in Jos.
“ I heard statements to the effect that Federal Government should allow the states to develop their own power projects .
“ The truth is that Federal government is not standing on the way of any state ; the laws do not stand in the way of any state to develop power projects .
“ Because as governor , we built seven power plants , government did not stop us ; what we could not do is to do commercial distribution which the law actually allows under license through Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC ) . ”
Fashola said that the theme of meeting , “ Completing Power Sector Reforms ” , provided opportunity to share with representatives of state governments, other participants what the Power Sector Recovery Programme (PSRC) was about .
The minister said some of the reform actions contained in the PSRC were already being undertaken at the Federal Government ’ s level.
He, however , said that there were other areas of the reform where progress in the sector would be defined by what happened at the state and local government .
He called on the state governments to champion advocacy in some areas of the reforms process in their states to further realise incremental power programme of the Federal Government .
Fashola listed some of the advocacy required from states governments to their citizens to include:
“ State authorities should ensure that their residents comply with safety standard on building by not building on the right of way of 332 / 133 , 33 and 11 KVA lines .
“ States can also help by leading the advocacy for the residents to pay for the energy they fairly believe that they have consumed , while we continue to work to resolve the metering issues and estimated billing . ”