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FG admits ‘cabals’ frustrating reforms in Nigeria’s power sector

Federal Government admitted that certain unscrupulous elements popularly known as ‘cabal’ in Nigerian parlance who are hell-bent on frustrating numerous reforms currently being embarked upon in  Nigerian power sector.

Mamman Sale, the Minister of Power in a statement issued by Aaron Martins, his special adviser on Media on Tuesday said although the cabals exist in the Nigerian power sector, the Buhari administration is determined to deliver power supply to millions of Nigerians through various reforms.

“As early as November last year, this cabal began to sponsor insidious reports using some faceless groups in Lagos, claiming that the Ministry of Power was failing under the new Minister,” he said.

While making specific reference to recent appointments in the Rural Electrification Agency, REA and Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company, NBET the Minister expressed concern that a section of the media had gone to town with allegations of ethnic, regional or religious discrimination without examining the substance of the changes.

According to him, “One group even went to the bizarre level of accusing the Minister of discrimination against women.

Sale noted that he has no particular interest in any particular appointments in the Ministry other than to put square pegs in square holes for maximum results.

Those talking about changes and appointments are merely engaged in idle talks, he said.

He states further that all right-thinking  Nigerians are aware that since assuming power in 2015, President Muhammadu has poured billions of Naira and attracted huge foreign investments into the power sector with the aim of proving generation and distribution of electricity to Nigerians.

He noted further that Nigerians should be asking why there was not much improvement in the sector after such concerted efforts by the government.

“Many Nigerians are not unaware of the squabbling and unfortunate infighting affecting the two agencies as well as other infractions. This obviously affected their performance in impacting the entire electricity industry,” he adds.

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