President Jonathan lies again, TCN faults power generation claims

President Goodluck Jonathan
caption: Some of President Goodluck Jonathan's aides are paid higher than the police Inspector General

“Now, we are generating more than 5,000MW,” another false statement by President Jonathan?

The Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, has said that at no time has the country’s electricity generation capacity reached a peak of 5,000 megawatts, MW.

This contradicts President Goodluck Jonathan’s claim during his third Presidential media chat last November that the combined average power generation capacity from all the power plants in the country moved from less than 3,000 MW in 2007 to a new peak capacity above 5,000 MW.

The President had listed the 5,000MW power generation capacity as one of his administration’s major achievements under the Power Sector Reform agenda.

“Power is one area Nigerians appreciate we are moving. We are yet to get 24 hours of light in our cities, but you would agree with me the difference is clear,” the president told the panel of interviewers, which consisted of Muhammed Abubakar of Nigerian Television Authority, NTA; Martins Oloja of the Guardian; Ikedi Isighuzor of Vanguard and Gbemi Olujobi of the National Mirror.

“We moved, in 2007, from about a little below 3,000 MW production average.

“Now, we are generating more than 5,000MW (of electricity).

“But because of weak transmission infrastructure, we cannot evacuate,” the president said.

As at the time President made the claim, TCN, the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, successor company in charge of monitoring electricity transmission data in the country, had given 4,321.3MW as the country’s power generation capacity as at August, 31, 2012.

President’s Spokesman, Reuben Abati, and the Special Adviser to the Minister of Power, Garubadeen Mohammed, did not respond to calls and mails sent to them seeking clarification on the source of the President’s controversial figure.

But, the Assistant General Manager, Public Affairs of TCN, Dave Ifabiyi, said on Wednesday during a telephone chat from Abuja that at no time had the country’s power generation capacity neared 5,000 MW.

“There was never a time like that (5,000MW generation capacity), never. The highest peak generation of 4,517.6 MW was achieved on December 23, 2012,” Mr. Ifabiyi said.

Click the orange button bellow to listen to Mr Ifabiyi.

The TCN spokesman, said in a previous statement, that a new peak power generation capacity of 4,502.2 MW was achieved on December 21, 2012, an improvement on the 4,454.1 MW achieved on December 19.

He attributed the achievement to the commitment of the President to fulfill his promise to Nigerians on improved electricity supply.

Mr. Ifabiyi dispelled any insinuation that the TCN was probably not evacuating all the generated electricity when he said that transmission and distribution companies would continue to harness “every available generation to ensure delivery of stable electricity supply” even as more National Integrated Power Projects, NIPPs became functional.

This is not the first time President Jonathan would be making a public statement that turned out to be false.

In his Independence Day broadcast to Nigerians on October 1, the president had claimed that “In its latest report, Transparency International (TI) noted that Nigeria is the second most improved country in the effort to curb corruption.”

The claim turned out to be false.

Following a PREMIUM TIMES enquiry, Transparency International stated that it “does not have a recent rating or report that places Nigeria as the second most improved country in the fight against corruption.

The latest Transparency International Corruption Index report later released placed Nigeria as the 35th most corrupt country in the world.

The president is yet to apologise to Nigerians for that goof, just as he may not apologise for this.

TCN to improve operations

The TCN Chief Executive Officer, Olusola Akinniranye, said the company would not relent in its efforts to ensure that the transmission grid functions effectively for greater efficiency.

Mr. Akinniranye said part of that effort is to restore the Benin-Egbin 330kV line as well as complete the new transmission/distribution interface projects to further enhance the company’s power evacuation capacity.

He appealed to electricity consumers to continue to partner with TCN in protecting electricity installations and forestall vandalism, which he said was constituting a major setback to efforts to improve electricity supplies.

  • Dan maikoko

    Apparently everybody has written off this president hence the lack of comment on this very important issue…

    • Tobibs

      That is a damning statement you just made….

      • Stevemine1

        Whats wrong with making a damning statement? Afterall even the president doesn’t “give a damn”

        • Tobibs

          Absolutely nothing….It is what it is, a damning assessment of the situation. And he is absolutely right too.

    • Enemona

      We’re all just waiting for 2015 unless something really ‘damning’ happens.

  • Afam

    You guys can right any rubbish you want but the truth is that since he came to power,the power sector increased its generation and i no distance time just like telecom,it will be clear that power sector has improved…Go on and write whatever your pay master tells you..

    • KC

      Shut your gutter Mr. You can’t defend a blatant and unrepentant LIAR like your master without stupefying yourself…GEJ is a monumental FAILURE!

      • afam_4real23

        MUST YOU INSULT SOMEONE TO MAKE YOUR VIEW? YOU WILL NOT DO BETTER THAN HIM IF GIVEN THE CHANCE BECAUSE YOUR TYPE WILL EVEN JAIL EVERYBODY FOR ANY CRITICISM,LIES AND INSULTS BY MEDIA IN NIGERIA..

    • Stevemine1

      @246c24ecbf5382bf13569fad19dd6898:disqus This is exactly what is wrong with this country. People like you who see the truth but are too chicken to say it. Show me one thing that GEJ has done right. Appointing Anenih again as NPA chair? Spending N16bn on VP’s mansion when N6bn will build the second Niger bridge? Spending N2.2bn on a banquet hall? Planning to spend N60bn on phones for 10million farmers even though he doesn’t have such a database? Don’t even let me get started. He is a monumental failure and shouldn’t dare contest the 2015 elections else…

      • afam_4real23

        DON’T CHANGE THE TOPIC HERE,WE ARE TALKING OF POWER SECTOR HERE AND YOUR TALKING ABOUT ANOTHER THING,AM NOT TALKING ABOUT VP HOUSE OR ANY MUSIC HALL,AM TALKING ABOUT THE POWER SECTOR WHICH THE STORY CREDITED HERE WAS TOTALLY FALSE AND MISLEADING BUT THE QUESTION REMAINS,WHAT WAS OUR POWER GENERATION BEFORE HE CAME IN? WAS THERE ANY INVESTMENT ON POWER SECTOR BEFORE? HOW WAS THE INVESTMENT HANDLED BEFORE? OBJ SAID TO HAVE SPENT 18 BILLION USD ON POWER SECTOR FOR ALL HIS 8 YEARS WITHOUT ADDING 1MW,HAVE ANY PRESIDENT TRIED TO PRIVATIZE THE POWER SECTOR TO GIVE NIGERIANS WHAT THEY WANT AND PAID FOR?…LAST I CHECKED I DID NOT MENTION GEJ CONTESTING IN 2015 AND DON’T BE OVER EMOTIONAL ABOUT IT…TAKE OUT YOUR HATRED AND SENTIMENT AND READ BETWEEN THE LINES..

        • A A IKHEIGBE

          Alarm why are you defending the undefenable . Mr president lied and does not give a dam about lies . Steve just told the blunders he is making with the nations resources and you are saying that is not what we are talking about? what are we talking about if not about holistic management of the nations resources.resources. it is people like you who voted Jonathan and not for POP! Where is the improvement in electricity when even in towns closer to abuja like where i stay can nothave electricity for up to 6hours every other day? Some have even complain of no power for the past 3 months. May God save us from our ignorance !

          • umar ardo

            I stay in Asokoro, next to the villa, yet we always don’t have light. Dezani’s huge generator is always deafening our ears with its ceaseless sound.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q5MNB6LCHTAPR45ALITKULXDJU Sleeping Beauty

      Afam………You are LYING. Maybe you live in aso villa with jonathan and maku. Power sector was getting better with nnaji, but that is as far as it goes. There is light in maitama, aso drive, wuse II, asokoro. But other places are inhabited by scoundrels and animals and so we deserve NO LIGHT. And you are here talking boulderdash. Abeg, speak for urself.

    • OCCUPY NASS

      What do you refer as rubbish. If you are a father Afam, I believe you must be lying to your children at every opportunity. The president lied and there is no doubt about that.
      Let’s assume he was give wrong figures by the Sycophants in Aso Rock/his aids and minister. In that case he should own up to it and apologies…Afam don’t sound timid bro. Don’t allow politics becloud your sense of reasoning.
      Remember that this is not the first time GEJ is lying to Nigerians publicly and being caught.
      What about in many other cases that the media could not verify? This shows how they ruling class have been manipulating Nigerians….

  • YORAPS

    THE PRESIDENT IS NOTHING BUT A COMMON LIAR. HE TOLD THE WORLD THAT HE NEEDED ONLY 1 TERM AS PRESIDENT HE SAID IT IN AND OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY IN DIFFERENT FORUM BUT TODAY HIS POSTERS IS FLOODING EVERY WHERE. THE PRESIDENT HAS D RIGHT TO CONTEST DESPATE HIS MANUMENTAL FAILURE BUT HE NEED NOT TO LIE ABOUT, NIGERIANS WOULD DECIDES IN 2015. EVERYTHING ABOUT THE MAN IS DISSAPOINTMENT.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q5MNB6LCHTAPR45ALITKULXDJU Sleeping Beauty

      I agree with you Yoraps. The president is a liar and a drunkard who does not give a damn.

  • OCCUPY NASS

    Country of liars, lead by liars and followers are liars.
    Some are here supporting the fact that the President lied to Nigerians and has done so in many occasions with impunity. The comment from some folks here shows that we are not ready as citizens to correct the status quo.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/2GU4NMFGIVAVK2OGD3AKF4TIBQ Louis Campus

      Abeg make una no die thinking of GEJ. If e too much make all the yoruba and hausa tribalist kill the man and see wetin naija go turn to. it is not a treat but a promise

  • TitusBoyle

    Sycophancy is the bane of our country. Refusal to accept a mistake with
    humility when one is made is even worse. For Timi and co., it is
    unfortunate that you would begin to call somebody names just because the
    person is saying something that is not in sinc with your
    idiosyncrasies.

    The issue is that President said during the Presidential chat last
    November: “Now, we are generating more than 5,000MW.” And the officials
    who should know the truth said “never, ever” has the country generated
    that much. The issue about available generated capacity is clearly an
    afterthought. One should always say what he means and mean what one
    says. Truth is constant.

    Even if one should buy the argument that the president was referring to
    “available generated capacity”, the electricity that is injected to the
    national grid for use by consumers is the only that one can lay
    legitimate claims to generating. If all the power stations ares
    generating electricity at full installed capacity, if consumers cannot
    have electricity in their homes, nothing is achieved.

    During the last Presidential elections in the U.S., Obama, during the
    debate with Romney, claimed his administration created 5million
    ADDITIONAL jobs. When the CNN team covering the debate subjected the
    fact to a truth/lie test, the verdict was that though it was true
    Obama’s administration created as much job, the President lied, and the
    CNN correspondents said so in unmistaken terms. Heavens did not fall.

    The truth was that the jobs Obama claimed to have created was not even
    sufficient to redress the unemployment situation in the U.S., talkless
    of being ADDITIONAL, as the deduction of 5million jobs he created from
    the 8million employment deficit that was already in place still left
    about 3million unemployment figure.

    Public figures should learn to make statements that, when subjected to
    critical tests by reporters and public analysts, one would not be
    groping to conjecture what they really wanted to say.

  • bengoddy

    una just they castigate this man,but to me there’s power improvement

  • oludotun

    i dont know why any pedestrian would want to defend this president. He doesn’t even defend himself. Someone else should be rigged in in 2015. We have been embarrassed enough by him and his dame. ish

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    President Jonathan lacks the leadership capability,human leadership capacity,knowledge,experience and the intelligent know how to lead Nigeria
    out of the corrupt dung hole that almost fifteen years of PDP mismanagement of Nigerian resources.President Jonathan score card is F-9 all rounder.