Tuesday, October 20, 2009

10,000 protest on the streets of Lagos for an end to the electricity crisis in Nigeria

About 10,000 people took to the streets of Lagos yesterday to protest the lack of efficient electricity supply in Nigeria. The peaceful protest was led by Senior Pastor, Daystar Christian Centre (DCC), Reverend Sam Adeyemi who took the protest to the office of Governor Babatunde Fashola in Ikeja, Lagos. A letter was then submitted to President Yar'Adua via the governor.

Reverend Sam Adeyemi made these statements at the State Secretariat yesterday:

"We call on the Federal Government to break the monopoly of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) and allow private investors and state governments to generate and distribute electricity. The strategy that worked for telecommunications should be made to work for power supply," he said.

He also called for a deregulations of the power sector since that has been successful for telecommunication in Nigeria:

"if there is no limit on the number of phone lines a telecommunications company should generate, there should be no limit on the volume of power a company should generate and distribute around the country. "States in the Niger Delta region who have gas flared in their backyards should generate, distribute and sell electricity locally and nationally. This will result in job creation in almost all facets of life in our nation."

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