Light Up Nigeria, And See Recession Vanish–Dino Melaye

By Ikenga Chronicles November 29, 2016

Senator Dino Melaye has stated that Nigeria’s power problems have affected the country’s development both educationally, and economically. Senator Melaye pointed this out during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Ahmadu Bello University of Zaria’s Solar 10MW IPP on Noveber, 28.

Senator Melaye, who praised the institution for living up to the ideals of the late Saudanna of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello, pointed out that part of the reason for the sub-standard education delivered in Nigeria is anchored on poor power supply;

“Nigeria’s power deficit is a serious drag on our ability to diversify and industrialise our economy. It is an even bigger drag on education. Students and faculty suffer the effects of epileptic power supply. It is a cause of epileptic education, with attendant epileptic outcomes. From equipment spoiling to unsanitary conditions in our halls of residence, lack of power is the bane of our academic and social existence. It forces the university to divert funds to buy diesel that could be better used for staff and student education and welfare.”

Himself, an alumnus of the Ahadu Bello University, Senator Melaye went on to detail with scintillating statistics and examples, how lack of power prevents society at large from developing its economy and rising above poverty;

“In society at large, lack of power keeps us from raising our standard of living and lifting the masses from poverty. In Brazil under President Lula Da Silva, over 10 million families were lifted out of poverty because of a programme of electrification called “Light for All”. Vietnam in Asia has experienced 14% growth in its Power sector, when most countries are lucky to experience 8% growth. We in Nigeria have a power sector that, though privatised, still struggles to deliver 5,000 mega watts and even then relies on government for subsidies. Brazil by comparison has one power station (Itaipu) that can generate 14,000 mega watts. One Brazilian power station generates three times more power than the whole of Nigeria is currently able to deliver to consumers.”

According to Senator Dino Melaye, Nigeria can become a self-sufficient economy, generating immense revenue from exports,if she can fix her power issues;

“Imagine if we had adequate power to keep the textile industries thriving, would we need to wear cloth made in China? Imagine if we have had stable power in Kano, would we need to import cooking oil? Imagine if we had stable power, would we be wearing Italian leather shoes? Imagine if we had stable power, would be importing desks and chairs or even tomato paste? Ground nut, cotton, textile, leather and furniture were thriving industries existing in the north during the time of Saudanna; Industries this university was supposed to supply with graduates eager to join the workforce. They are all dead because of lack of power.”

With Nigeria currently battling economic recession, Senator Melaye’s words shine a light on a possible way out of the country’s huge economic problems especially as it affects unemployment, the manufacturing industry, and the diversification of the nation’s economy.

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