Former Vice Chancellor of Abukakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Prof. Abubakar Sambo, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to as a matter of urgency, review the agreements of the privatisation of Power Holding Company of Nigeria [PHCN], as part measures to solve the perennial poor power supply bedeviling the nation.
Speaking at the side-line of the event organised by Buhari Volunteer Network in Abuja, Sambo lamented the dismal performance of the 11 Power Distribution Companies that signed agreements with the Federal Government on the privatisation of PHCN.
He identified corruption and ineptitude as being responsible for abysmal transmission and worsening state of power supply in the country in spite of the billions of dollars invested in the sector.
He therefore urged President Buhari to explore new gas fields as there are gas deposits across the country to power already completed National Integrated Power Plants to boost electricity supply.
Sambo, a former Director General of Energy Commission of Nigeria, also tasked the new government to evolve policies that would expand energy mix from the current gas and hydro to include the use of solar, wind, coal, uranium, bio-mass and bio-fuel in the generation of electricity in Nigeria.
He pointed out that the expanded energy mix would encourage foreign investors to invest in the manufacturing sector of the economy, thereby creating jobs for the unemployed.
The don argued that within one year that Nigeria could have solar and wind powered plants completed, urging the government to provide the enabling environment for the private sector to invest in the sector.
He identified insecurity, epileptic power supply and corruption as greatest challenges confronting the nation, calling on Buhari administration to take drastic measures to restore sanity in all strata of the society.