BY EDIDEM UYA in Calabar•
The Minister of Power, Mr. Sale Mamman has said that the provision of stable electricity in the country requires the establishment of an effective implementation process that is coordinated from the office of the Minister of Power.
He also observed that Nigerians could only enjoy stable and reliable electricity if stakeholders in the power sector work in synergy as a united front.
Mamman who spoke in Calabar, Cross River State while delivering his keynote address at the opening session of a two-day top management retreat of the federal ministry of power, recognised the specific challenge of coordination and collaboration, which needs to be addressed positively if the ministry was to make positive progress and “achieve and even exceed the huge expectations that Mr. President (Muhammadu Buhari) and indeed, the entire country trust us to deliver on.”
At the event with the theme: Building Synergy for Effective Service Delivery in the Power Sector, the minister said the stakeholders in the power sector of the country have outlined five focal areas they must work in synergy to achieve.
“We have identified five key focal areas which we intend to drive the sector to achieve. As I stated during my presentation to the Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC), on 9th November 2019, these five areas are; ensuring electricity market liquidity and sustainability, addressing infrastructural misalignment-between transmission and distribution, fast-tracking implementation of FGN intervention projects (eg Mambilla Hydro and others), increasing universal access to electricity services, and strengthening sector coordination and policy direction.
“There is the need for a change of mindset by encouraging positive thinking and result-oriented actions if the sector must achieve targets and deliver its goals and mandate,” the minister said.
The minister who spoke on the essence of the retreat said the question to answer is “ how do we deliver effective services through synergy? “
He, therefore, advised that the retreat should consider how stakeholders in the power sector can “apply or adapt the Federal Government’s approach to effective project delivery as captured in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).
Also speaking, the Minister of State for Power, Mr. Goddy Jedy-Agba, said the power sector is the engine room of the nation’s economy which other sectors rely on to engage in the execution of their respective responsibilities.
In his address, the permanent secretary of the ministry, Engineer Ahmed Abdu, said the retreat was staged to provide the opportunity for all participants to interact with each other and analyse critical issues that affect the sector.