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Daily Trust published a curious report about electricity supply in Kebbi State yesterday -April 11, 2016. But I only read it this (Monday) morning.
The story excited me so much that I didn’t wait for my friend who was using the bathroom to come out before I went to him and shouted: “Did you know that Birnin Kebbi enjoys almost 24-hour electricity?”
“No. Impossible.” He replied.
Here’s a problem that we think would take years and complex arrangements to solve, and here is a governor who has already solved it.
Later when I went to the office to meet a Ph.D. student who was waiting for me, before discussing his research, I asked him: “Did you know there’s a place in Nigeria which enjoys near constant electricity?”
“In Nigeria, a state in Nigeria?” He queried.
And the strategy Gov. Atiku Bagudu deployed in solving the problem of lack of electricity, is ridiculously simple.
The report titled “Steady power supply puts generator dealers out of business in Kebbi” quoted one of the residents of the state, Victor Emmanuel, who works with All States Aluminium Company, saying that although there are still power cuts, those only last minutes – not hours like in all the other states in Nigeria.
“We are enjoying electricity in Birnin Kebbi,” Emammuel told Daily Trust on Sunday.
“Even though they sometimes take the light, it is just for some minutes. What we are witnessing now is different from how it was before this government came in. During the previous administration, electricity was rationed. They would give us for five hours only, and then give to other areas of the town for another five hours. Sometimes it might not even come at all, leaving our businesses to suffer. But today it is different. I must say, we are doing well now with steady power supply and we must thank the government for it.”
Abdulrasak, a generator seller, agreed with Emmanuel: “Since they fixed the electricity issue, people no longer buy generators, and this has affected our business. I remember we made much sales and a lot of profit before this government took over,” he said.
How did Governor Atiku Bagudu do it?
Apparently when Atiku Bagudu became governor, he asked officials of the Kaduna Electricity Distribution company (which supplies Kebbi State) if it was possible to have 24-hour electricity for his people. “We told him it was possible with support of the state government,” an official of the company told Daily Trust. “He bought over 200 transformers and other important electricity facilities that would make it possible for us to supply regular electricity to Birnin Kebbi and the 21 local government areas of the state,” he said.
Bashir Yusuf, a station manager of the distribution company, concurred. “In Birnin Kebbi alone, we have four power control stations,” he said. “…what is largely responsible for stable electricity supply in Birnin Kebbi,” he continued, “is the availability of necessary electricity facilities like transformers, injection stations and others.”
One of the residents, Wasiu Salaudeen, who is a barber, mentioned that he couldn’t remember the last time he turned on his generator. “I tell you the change we are expecting has finally come.”
There you have it.
The electricity challenge is not rocket surgery. It can be fixed right now. Because someone has already done it. Other governors should please copy and paste.
We thank Governor Atiku Bagudu for setting this example. We are grateful to Daily Trust for bringing us this good news and we appreciate the journalism of Ismail Adebayo, who filed the report for Daily Trust.
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