How Obasanjo, Yar’Adua, Jonathan govts allegedly squandered N11 trillion electricity fund – SERAP

OBJ, Yar’Adua, Jonathan
OBJ, Yar’Adua, Jonathan

A new report by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has revealed how over N11 trillion meant to provide regular electricity supply was allegedly squandered under the governments of former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan.

According to the report, “The total estimated financial loss to Nigeria from corruption in the electricity sector starting from the return to democracy in 1999 to date is over Eleven Trillion Naira (N11 Trillion Naira). This represents public funds, private equity and social investment (or divestments) in the power sector. It is estimated that may reach over Twenty Trillion Naira (N20 Trillion Naira) in the next decade given the rate of Government investment and funding in the power sector amidst dwindling fortune and recurrent revenue shortfalls.”

The 65 pages report launched on Wednesday at the Westown Hotels, Lagos is titled: From Darkness to Darkness: How Nigerians are Paying the Price for Corruption in the Electricity Sector.

The report, presented to the media by Yemi Oke, Ass. Professor, Energy/Electricity Law, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, discloses that “the country has lost more megawatts in the post-privatisation era due to corruption, impunity, among other social challenges reflected in the report.”

The report shows that, “The much-publicised power sector reforms in Nigeria under the Electric Power Sector Reform Act of 2005 is yet to yield desired and/or anticipated fruits largely due to corruption and impunity of perpetrators, regulatory lapses and policy inconsistencies. Ordinary Nigerians continue to pay the price for corruption in the electricity sector–staying in darkness, but still made to pay crazy electricity bills.”

A senior lawyer, Femi Falana, who chaired the report launch said that, “This report is a must read, and I promise to lead in the follow-up litigation efforts to ensure the full implementation of the recommendations of the report.”

The report launch was also attended by Babatunde Irukera, the Director General/Chief Executive of the Consumer Protection Council, CPC; and, Ibrahim Magu Chairman Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC; who was represented by Osita Nwajah, Director Public Affairs EFCC. Both promised to work to ensure the full implementation of the recommendations contained in the report.

Others at the events were Babatunde Ogala; Dayo Olaide, Deputy Director Macarthur Foundation; Eva Kouka, Program Officer, Ford Foundation; Motunrayo Alaka, Coordinator Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism; representatives of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC; the National Human Rights Commission, and the media.

The report accuses Ransom Owan-led board of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) of allegedly “settling officials with millions of Naira as severance packages and for embarrassing them with alleged Three Billion Naira (N3,000,000,000.00) Fraud. The authorities must undertake a thorough, impartial and transparent investigation as to the reasons why corruption charges were withdrawn, and to recover any corrupt funds.”

The report also called for the reopening and effective prosecution of corruption allegations, including the alleged “looting of the benefits of families of the deceased employees of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) levelled against a former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Power, Godknows Igali.”

The report reads: “The Obasanjo’s administration spent $10 billion on NIPP with no results in terms of increase in power generation. $13.278,937,409.94 was expended on the power sector in eight years while unfunded commitments amounted to $12 billion.”

“The Federal Government then budgeted a whopping N16 billion for the various reforms under Liyel Imoke (2003 to 2007) which went down the drains as it failed to generate the needed amount of electricity or meet the set goals. Imoke was alleged to have personally collected the sum of $7.8 million for the execution of the contract for the construction of the Jos-Yola Transmission Line, which was never executed. There were documented/reported allegations of corruption against Imoke that fizzled-out shortly thereafter.”

“Professor Chinedu Nebo handed over the assets of the PHCN to private investors on November 1, 2013. Prof. Nebo is alleged to have corruptly funded the privatized power sector with over N200 Billion despite privatization. The allegation of N200 Billion funding of the privatised power sector during Prof Nebo’s tenure should be thoroughly and transparently investigated and anyone suspected to be responsible prosecuted. Any corrupt funds should be fully recovered.”

“Our research revealed that the sum of N1.5 billion with which the vehicles were acquired was allegedly sourced from the diverted N27 billion insurance premium of deceased workers of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).”

“The National Assembly and members should desist from and avoid manipulating the award of electricity contracts or cite projects in their constituencies under the guise of “Constituency Project”. The National Assembly should publish and ensure the full implementation of the recommendations of all power-related investigations to date.”

“The Federal Government should back-down from Rural Electrification initiatives and allow states to undertake rural electrification through their respective Local Governments and Development Areas. Federal Government should consider fully divesting its stakes in the power sector and allow for efficient, decentralized sector governance by Federal and State governments, as appropriate, in line with the provisions of the Second Schedule, paragraph 13 and 14 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).”

“The 36 state governments should wake up to their rights, duties and obligations under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria relating to the power sector by working to promote and ensure access to regular and uninterrupted electricity supply for all residents within their states. The 36 state governments have been abdicating the duties to the power sector, bearing in mind that Power is an item on the Concurrent Legislative List under the Nigerian Constitution 1999 (as amended).”

“When the late Bola Ige took up the mantle of the Power and Steel Ministry in 1999, he probably didn’t understand the magnitude of problems in the power sector and consequently, promised that within six months of his appointment, “power failure will be a thing of the past” and that on a regular basis, he will brief the nation on the state of power, steel and aluminum. Current minister Babatunde Fashola SAN also claimed that ‘a serious Government will fix the power problem in six months’”

“The power sector under Ige was characterised by epileptic and unreliable supply, bogus billing and archaic rate collection. The late minister failed and was unable to put an end to these. His failure was attributed to acts of sabotage and corruption by people who were benefitting from the use of generators. The late Bola Ige was not accused of corruption.”

“When Rilwan Lanre Babalola (2008 to 2010) took over the affairs in the Ministry of Power, he met 3,700MW on ground and promised to increase it to 6,000MW and ensure a 24-hour power supply by the end of 2009. Six months after assuring Nigerians of making a significant impact in the sector, in September 2009, the 3,700MW capacity he met on ground dropped to 2,710MW which shortfall was attributed to inadequate supply of gas to the new generators.”

“The duo, Elumelu and Ugbane allegedly colluded in misappropriating over N10 billion public funds from the account of Rural Electrification Agency (REA). The research also established, based on evaluation and analyzing documents, a prima-facie case of misappropriation of unspent funds at the end of the year instead of returning same to the treasury. Alleged misappropriation of N500million to buy houses; diversion of REA’s funds; flouting of government’s rules on award of contracts and award of fictitious and unnecessary contracts without following due process.”

The government of Nigeria handed over the transmission company to a Canadian company Manitoba, to manage and under a management service contract of over $200 million. Findings also show that the Transmission Company of Nigeria could not execute most of its approved 44 projects after having 50 percent of its N30 billion 2016 budget released to it. Funds were released from Eurobond. $23.6 million allegedly paid to Manitoba Hydro International (MHI) of Canada to manage the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) would appear to be without due process.

“The privatization of PHCN would appear to have yielded the country total darkness. Gains of privatization were lost through alleged corruption, manipulation of rules and disregard to extant laws and lack of transparency in the exercise. The PBE encouraged the deferment of payment and restructuring of payment terms in contravention of bidding rules to the disadvantage of other bidders.”

“Billing methodology shrouded in secrecy. Billings do not reflect actual electricity consumptions in most cases. Most if not all, officials of the DISCOs are still very corrupt and demand gratification from customers before doing the job they are paid to do. Grand corruption against the Federal Government owner of the 40% stakes in the DISCOS, and by implications, the Nigerian masses due to non-remittance or under-remittances of the monies collected by the DISCOs.”

“The Manitoba deal is shrouded in secrecy as essential details of the deal remain unknown to Nigerians till date. The authorities should undertake a public-oriented audit on the state of affairs of the TCN two years before and after the Manitoba deal. The outcome of the audit should form basis for further action and charges in court against the suspected perpetrators and corrupt funds fully recovered.”

“The Federal Government should undertake a thorough, impartial and transparent investigation into the power sector privatization with a view to doing things the right, fair and just way. Ownership of public stakes of 40% in those entities should be revisited and further privatized to avoid using government/public resources to subsidize private entities.”

“Attention should be focused also on petty corruption. Petty corruption in the electricity sector has not received much attention, as the focus has been on grand corruption in the sector.”

“The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami SAN should request the report of the House of Representative Committee that probed government spending in the power sector from 2000 to 2007, and the Elumelu House Probe Committee which had accused 21 persons and 36 companies of subversion of government policy on due process make the report public and ensure appropriate legal action against anyone suspected to be involved in corruption as well as full recovery of corrupt funds.”

“Undocumented, monumental fraud and corruption is said to be perpetrated at the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) and investigation by the EFCC and ICPC will ensure that those involved are effectively brought to justice.”

“Mr. Malami should direct the EFCC and ICPC to probe metering and billing fraud and corruption and bribery among Discos. Most consumers are unhappy will their billing methodology and feel short-changed by the operators. Mr. Malami should promptly make progress on all outstanding cases of corruption in the electricity sector including by ensuring effective prosecution of all power sector cases being handled by the Ministry.”

“The ICPC should make public the status of the investigation and recommendations for prosecution (if any) on the AEDC Recruitment Scandal/Jumbo Pay Scandal given the facts that the Nigerian Government and public have 40% stakes in the AEDC. The Manitoba deal is shrouded in secrecy as essential details of the deal remain unknown to Nigerians till date. The EFCC/ICPC should lead a public-oriented audit on the state of affairs of the TCN two years before and after the Manitoba deal.”

“The ICPC show tell Nigerians about the current status of the probe of the recruitment scandal and corruption-induced jumbo pay to workers of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC Plc). Anyone found to be responsible should be brought to justice and corrupt funds fully recovered.”


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  • Domingos

    Tell us what a sickly and Buhari has done with all the billions of Dollars received thus far from oil sales. He has destroyed the economy and reduced the standard of living of Nigerians to unprecedented levels. Suicides, stealing of food from fire, ritual killings, kidnappings and all other forms of social vices have sky rocketed under this clueless and brainless regime …and all a newspaper cares about is tell us about the ineffectiveness of past governments. It has no other name, it is called MUMUDITY.

  • Domingos


    Tell us what a sickly and clueless Buhari has done with all the billions of Dollars received thus far from oil sales. He has destroyed the economy and reduced the standard of living of Nigerians to unprecedented levels. Suicides, stealing of food from fire, ritual killings, kidnappings and all other forms of social vices have sky rocketed under this clueless and brainless regime …and all a newspaper cares about is tell us about the ineffectiveness of past governments. It has no other name, it is called MUMUDITY

    • marcos

      Dont mind PT.
      31 Nigerians were killed almost a day ago by Boko Haram, but PT has to downplay it. What PT quickly reports to the whole world is fictitious arrests and killing of Boko haram members and commanders.

  • AFRICANER

    Like all things Falana, this is yet another Jihad against Southerners. Why doesn’t names such as Dangote come up in all these investigations, where as he is involved in many industries, and exclusively so? Why aren’t northern titans of industry, oil sector, importations, customs, and many areas ever suggested?

    Why have the south never produced an EFCC Chairman, or Customs Boss?

    It’s not enough always sacrificing one Yoruba (Obasanjo) and then go after SE and SS Business men and women?

    Falana is a chameleon who thinks the Constitution is reposed in his head, to tell us what it says, and what it doesn’t say. Falana is singularly giving governors of the 36 States, and I suppose Abuja, the right to go ahead and generate Electricity because individuals such as himself can generate electricity; he forgets one little thing: distribution of electricity crosses property lines, and actually travels on public property, government property, and common areas, whereas, an individual’s generator does not.

    Falana has undertaken to represent Mr. El Zakzaky in his human rights case against the Federal republic of Nigeria, yet he hasn’t been even able to produce the man in court to face his tormentors, and accusers. But interestingly enough, Falana doesn’t believe Buhari is a bad man. Go figure.

  • Fairgame

    The problem with Nigeria is that you place many countries into one space and call it a country. How can that entity ever be run? Make the North, East, South and West separate countries and evaluate them after 5 years. I am very sure Americans and Europeans will be queuing endlessly for Visas to come live and work in some of the new countries.

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  • Dazmillion

    Nigeria was never great and will never be great. The only people benefiting from Nigeria are those stealing at the center. That why when autonomy, restructuring, referendum or self determination is mentioned they take it as a declaration of war. They would rather plunge the country into war than have their free oil money taken from them.

    But the end is fast approaching, this level of corruption cannot go on forever while there is extreme poverty stalking the land.

    • marcos avelino

      Yes restructure so that all the 300 ethnic groups form their on entity or country let nigeria be shreded into numerous waring states – yes absolute anarchy – that will be the result of your so called restructuring

      • Pete

        Yes. Tell me any one country where its president will be on sick bed for 96 days and not even one member of parliarment is sane enough to move a motion for impeachment. Worse still all Governors are now visiting UK at the expense of scare resources that would pay pensioners and workers in their states all because they must now visit a dying man. This is insanity. Nigeria is a crude Zoo. And mumus like you chose to remain enslaved in perpetuity.

      • Dazmillion

        You should ask yourself what kind of anarchy was existing among this 300 ethinc group before they were amalgamated in 1914. There was so much anarchy that Benin kingdom established diplomatic relations with Britain. There was so much anarchy that Egba Kingdom signed a treaty with Britain to remain an autonomous kingdom

    • Danube

      You are more than correct. This is why we as a people MUST make life miserable for all of them as they have made life to be for us. We must make sure their source of income – oil sales is stopped totally. We must pull out of the Nigerian federation by any means necessary. Nigeria is not a country and the Western world remains silent because they gain immensely from the misrule and anomaly in Nigeria. How can a country of 180 million people with more than enough money to play with be buying fighter Jets from America? Why can’t we raise Engineers who would design and make a fighter jet? Are the people in France, Israel, US, UK, China etc who make planes having 2 heads or 2 brains? This is why we must break away my friend. We must.

  • NDeltans – 2nd Class CITIZENS?

    ATTENTION!!!….Dear 2nd Class Citizens!!!
    Are you Akpan, Ibanga, Efetobo, Mudiare, Igho, Wabara, Tamuno, Sasia? Are you Donald Duke, Emmanuel Uduagham, Emmanuel Udom, James Ibori, David West? Are you from Delta, Edo, Rivers, Cross Rivers, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom States? Did you know that REGARDLESS of your
    – Education
    – Qualifications
    – Experience
    – Smartness
    – Intelligence
    – Wealth
    …that you can NEVER become a president in Nigeria except you are made vice president and you pray for the president to die? Why? No man/woman from North or West or East of Nigeria will ever vote for a name that sounds like the names above

    On the contrary, anyone from the North or West however:
    – Uneducated
    – Certificate-less
    – Lacking in experience
    – Dumb
    – Daft
    – Poor
    ….can become president of Nigeria. Oh yes. Is Buhari not president?

    • Okokondem

      You have done what is known as deflecting. You have carefully and deliberately avoided the issue by injecting an unrelated, unrealistic and unsubstantiated narrative. Shame on you. What you are saying is you will never get over the fact that Jonathan lost reelection. When you look around, what did he do that benefited you and your community in his six years as president? I’m so freaking disappointed in people like you.

      • emmanuel

        ShutUP ya mouth. I thought you will be sane enough to tackle the FACTS of the matter @NDeltans presented. Instead you deflected in your response – ramblings and mumbles. Question is: Would any political party nominate anyone from South or East of Nigeria as President of a Nigeria? Would any Yoruba or Hausa from Western and Northern Nigeria ever vote for an Okechukwu as President when an Oluwole and Mohammed are contesting the same Position @ same elections? If not, then we are not a country no matter how hard you shout that we are. Nigeria needs a break up asap!

      • Parton D

        Why belong to a country when you can’t aspire to the highest position just because of your ethnicity? Does that make sense even in the Animal Kingdom?

  • Judas

    Way forward, please.

  • Okokondem

    No matter what the topic is, what the headline is, or what the report is about, Nigerians will always react by injecting narratives designed to deflect and distract. Reading these reviews is nauseated. How can Nigerians be educated and so ignorant. Everything is viewed through a myopic tribal lens.

    This report is about federal allocations towards the improvement of power generation and distribution under the mentioned past governments since 1999 that has not produced the desired effects, and why the report offends the sensibilities any Nigerian especially those living in the country and suffering from the outcome of that failure is baffling.

    Really, how can a people claim to be educated and yet be so illiterate.

    • God dey

      Exactly! Very well said. Ethnicity and ignorance are why we’re where we’re. What a tragedy

  • Nkem

    Where is the main report? Why are you people hiding the report? We want to download it please!

  • George

    SERAP OR PT just made a mistake by adding OBJ AND YARUDUA NAMES, remove their names to make it sweet.

    Goodluck looted 100Trillion for electricity that will gather more attention.

    Animals.

    Since PDP got final judgement from supreme court PT and their evil associations has renewed their madness to mislead the already misleaded Yorubas mumu’s by painting PDP black while promoting ZERO Bahuri.

    God will punish you all.

  • thisnigeria

    And when you take a look at the picture of the trio of Obasanjo, Ya’adua and Jonathan, you would be tempted to think they are patriots. God will judge!

  • abdul

    You have proof and you have seen the reports, we need to see it too put it online, since you know the people in power when the funds were given in their respective positions your work is half way done leave this story aside go and arrest them and ask them where they kept the money if they deny show them the report and let them proof it wrong, except you are just wasting your time in this Nigeria I know non of these people will see a court room talk less of jail. And most importantly we are not going to see any refund…….

  • AryLoyds

    Every Zone SHOULD provide start generating electricity for its states .Its such a shame for those who dont want to restructure as they want to continue stifling development of their fellow country men.

  • Rommel

    I believe that Nigerians enjoy the darkness they are in since everyone has resigned to buying all sorts of power generating sets, people should reexamine what then minister for power Liyel Imoke said about how many years it will take Nigeria to get steady power supply,we should also recall that on day of handing over precisely may 29th 2015,professor Nebo said that he was handing over 1,374MW, it is on record that this is what Jonathan handed over.

  • Jason

    Legendary waste of public funds through legendary level of incompetence. Some of them are still prancing around shamelessly instead of a national apology and genuine penitence.

  • God dey

    Oh my God! OBJ, OBJ, OBJ. How many times did I call you? Jonathan, Jonathan, Jonathan. How many times did I call you? What has Nigeria done to you that you decided to do this to us? Why? Our God will surely judge you both. Our MumuWillDo one day. What a joke of a wasted generation

  • Yego V

    Yet some idiots will turn around and present obj a saint. A narcissist that he is, obj will never confess to any wrongdoing. His judgement will be most severe. If not here on earth, certainly in heaven( unless he confesses his sin). Its one thing for a thief to steal, keep quiet and enjoy his loot; the likes of IBB, Abdulsalam,etc. But for obj to steal and bragg about it daily, is to say the least abysmal. GEJ with his gentleman’s persona would not prosecute obj. Buhari could not either because obj covered his ass for the crimes he ( Buhari) committed at PTF. This country is a mess.

    • Aminu Ahmadu

      Buhari’s PTF crime, do you really believe all the online crab? There is no evidence to that. he has his problems as all of us but stealing is not one his problems.

      My 2 cents!

      • AFRICANER

        You are a fanatic.

        • Aminu Ahmadu

          Fanatic? For making my point and asking for evidence.
          I don’t even understand where this conversation got into fanatiscm business….who is talking about ISIS or BH here?

          Boss we crossed roads before and I abundantly told you I don’t do insults….put your point across for readers to make their judgement….there is no need to insult me for saying my mind.

          God knows better….

          • AFRICANER

            fa·nat·ic
            fəˈnadik/Submit
            noun
            1.
            a person filled with excessive and single-minded zeal, especially for an extreme religious or political cause.
            adjective
            2.
            filled with or expressing excessive zeal?

            I was simply saying that you have excessive faith in one Nigerian politician, Buhari.

          • Aminu Ahmadu

            Oopsi daisy….didnt know I am obsseses with Buhari? Asking a question or proof hardly equates to fanatical love or obsession.

            You have tagged me wrongly and nothing will change your mind.If objecting to this gossip qualifies me to be a fanatic….then big deal!

            Cheerio

          • AFRICANER

            I would have accepted it, if you simply denied it. But no insult intended.

            Cheers.

          • Aminu Ahmadu

            If you are a national figure, you worked and establish yourself….We will hold your back to. We will always celebrate the likes of Gani, Falana an co.
            Good day and behave yourself young man!!!

          • AFRICANER

            That’s a pity! You are supposed to hold them accountable, not their backs.

          • Aminu Ahmadu

            Oh dear Africana my friend (oh yes what’s your true name) you like to make wrong summation of my response. When you write your name in gold we will there for you is all I am saying….i even gave an example of honoured Nigerians….So come join politics let’s show Nigerians what good people can achieve if given the chance!

      • Yego V

        Aminu. I don’t come here for fun. If all the information you have/know was sourced online, good for you. Let me discuss with patriotic citizens. I’m too old for you. By the time I left civil service the WWW was barely born. If however you acknowledge that Buhari has “problems”, can you dwell on that and ask him to fix it or fizzle out pls. FYI, the first project obj carried out soon after he took oath of office 1999 was to scrap PTF and set up a PROBE PANEL. I suggest you read the original report of the panel. When you do pls. come back and educate us about your demi-god, Buhari.

        • Aminu Ahmadu

          Oh Elderman Yego, good to know you contributed your bit for the development of this country through your services with the prestigious and exclusive result oriented civil service. Such services helped in no small measure towards making NIgeria the envy of the whole world. I will be retiring soon from private practice….you see not all of us are lucky to be part of that civil service prestigious club. Well Done and you should be proud!!!

          Back to the cruz, I was part of the defunct PTF (as a consultant) and got the wind down report submitted to the OBJ government. If this report is made public, trust me you will change your view. As regard the probe panel, even the vindictive politicians threw it away….wonder why you never hears anything out of it? On authority OBJ himself realised later it was a useless game and denied this calumny or character assassination….2015 he publicly denounced it.

          Surely i don’t have a demi god….I look up to the ONE and ONLY GOD..and nothing is like unto Him…nothing I repeat!!!

          Thank God for the internet, happy retirement life Sir.

    • God dey

      And OBJ thinks he’s the best that has ever happened to Nigeria. Oh my God! With these billions of dollars missing under his watch? What a joke. Real joke

  • Hamza

    Fantastically corrupt country! All the political elites are bloody stinking corrupt. Almost all senior govt officials are corrupt. Forget about fighting corruption. No one among the current leaders or senior govt official is clean. They are all corrupt. Jaga Jaga and scatter scatter country! Too bad!!!

  • Frank Bassey

    This story was sponsored so that Nigerians will be compelled to pay more for darkness and to suffer the ignoble practice of estimated billing.

  • NwaIgbo

    Sick to my stomach- what corruption has done to us. Is there any hope for this fantastically corrupt nation? Why must any Nigeria leader, governor, Congressman/woman past and present be walking freely among us ?

    • God dey

      God bless you. This is the same question I keep asking myself. Everyday. Is there going to be any hope for our generation and the generations yet unborn? God pls come help my people. I read this SERAP statement and I weep. It’s nothing but pure weakedness what these former presidents have done to our country.

  • deri best

    Same old recycled rubbish sponsored by the Apes in APC–against their own thieving god father Obj—————Sadly the money came from the oil wells in the South south—-and not Cocoa or cotton—separation is the only way out

  • Enemona

    Why are people so selfish and at the same time self-destructive?

    • God dey

      The names of these former presidents will never be written in gold. They have done so much damage to our country and cost our people so much suffering. I know that OurMumuWillDo one day

    • God dey

      It’s beyond selfishness; it’s pure wickedness and inhumanity of man to man

  • Okokondem

    Now that everyone has weighed in with their divergent opinions on this matter, some outraged at the suggestion that so much of the country’s wealth may have been allocated for electricity with nothing to show for it. Others have preferred to question the veracity of the report based on their loyalty or allegiance to the perpetrators. There are those who would have agreed with this report had the name Jonathan not been included.

    To those people I ask, has the country not budgeted large sums of money for electricity over the time period referenced in the report? If the answer is yes, what happened to the money? It sure wasn’t spent on electricity since currently the entire nation of 180 million people depends on a pultry 3 thousand or less megawatts.

    But that remains the problem with Nigeria. We can’t even have a unanimous agreement that our rulers and those entrusted to manage the country’s affairs have consistently failed us, and stolen from us. There’s always a group of people willing to cast doubt. That’s very disappointing.

    Electricity is no longer a luxury so long as you are prepared to pay your bill each month. But that’s not the case in the country called Nigeria where nothing works.

    Yesterday I read a news report about members of the Nigerian national assembly ordering a car new for each member billed to the country. This is in addition to their generous car allowances. I know for a fact that wealthy nations such as the United States don’t buy cars for rank and file members of the Congress. Certain congressional leaders may be cheuffered by official vehicles but the cars don’t belong to such leaders. How and where did Nigeria learn to waste so much money on the legislators who are for the most part unproductive?

    • Yego V

      In response to your last paragraph: It amuses me when our leaders are rash to make references to the United States, when something is up for their advantage. But when it comes to their vices, they turn a blind eye. I read sometimes about Speaker Paul Ryan, who was reluctant to accept the position. He said during an interview, that there was a time he would rather sleep in his car or office than go home. Similarly I understand many members would rather sleep in their offices than RENT apartments. In Nigeria, I know that not only do our legislatures own houses or are paid allowances, It is a FACT that every batch have insisted on NEW projects: Billions for NEW houses. I CANNOT BELEIVE THIS. Tax payers money.

    • God dey

      Brilliant comments! May God bless you. We’re truly our own problem. We’re not yet ready to get out of second slavery; when our mumu do we will demand our rights. For the moment, we continue to argue among ourselves while OBJ and Jonathan take us for fools.

    • Senator D

      If you ask me, nah who I go ask? Only mass execution of these Senators and House Reps will bring about deterrence…

  • Intrepid

    Nothing will ever work in ZOOLAND, with that mighty Gorrilla of Owu always occupying the center stage.

    • God dey

      You spoke my mind!

  • Senator D

    States should be allowed to generate their own powers. They should scrap PHCN or NEPA or whatever name they call them…Lagos has enough oceans to generate electric current from sea waves. Similarly, Lagos has the capacity to generate power from Wind farms. The Northern parts can use Solar and Geothermal systems and the East can use Coal, hydro and Geothermal systems… Why are we so retrogressive in Nigeria sef?