The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has taken the time to clear up rumors that he promised the All Progressives Congress (APC) would fix the power supply issues in Nigeria within six months during the buildup to the 2015 general elections.
These rumors have been circulating for some time and have caused much confusion and disappointment among the general public.
During the interview with Channels TV on Monday, February 6, Fashola stated that the reports were false and that he never made any such promises. He expressed disappointment that this lie had been allowed to circulate for so long, and that he had not taken the time to correct it sooner.
Fashola went on to explain that he could not have made such a promise even if he wanted to, as the power supply issues in Nigeria are complex and multifaceted, and cannot be solved within a mere six months. He noted that the power sector has been plagued by years of neglect and mismanagement, and that it would take a concerted effort by the government, private sector, and other stakeholders to address these issues in a meaningful way.
He also pointed out that the tone of the supposed promise did not align with his personality, and that he would never use violent language such as “stone”. He stated that he is not a violent person, and that words like “stone” are not part of his vocabulary.
The minister added that he is committed to finding practical and sustainable solutions to the power supply issues in Nigeria, and that he would work closely with all relevant stakeholders to ensure that the country has a reliable and sustainable power supply.
Fashola’s denial of the promise to fix the power supply issues within six months sets the record straight, and shows that he is committed to finding realistic and sustainable solutions to this ongoing challenge in Nigeria.
He emphasized the need for a collective effort to address the power supply issues in the country, and that it is only through cooperation and collaboration that the country will be able to achieve its power supply goals.