The Managing Director of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company, Olufunke Osibodu, has urged Nigerians not to expect any improvement in the power sector in the next five years. Hear her,”and we Nigerians need to understand that we cannot do it overnight, and in addition we have to pay for it,” said Mrs. … We need to be ready as citizens also, to accept and live with the pain that we have to go through. But when you see that it is not, so we want to give them time and use time as our friend. When I tell my friends, to forget any improvement for the next five years, they are scared, but that is the truth.

Very often, because Nigerians are impatient, we start pushing our governments and they start reversing good things they have done in various ways”. Osibodu’s statements came despite the claim earlier in the year by Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Power, Works, and Housing, that the country would attain 10,000 megawatts electricity generation by 2019. She said “About 36 per cent of the power generation is lost either through commercial theft, illegal consumption, or non-payment of bills. About 30 percent of the power, we waste, by forgetting to put out lights, and many things that should not be turned on, so we pay for that wastage.”

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