Power minister seeks states’ involvement for sectoral transformation

Minister of Power Chief Adebayo Adelabu has said meaningful transformation in the power sector was hinged on the active participation of governments at the state level.

He said to achieve that the ministry planned to collaborate closely with state ministries of power, energy, and public utilities.

Speaking in Abuja Friday during a courtesy visit by the governor of Abia state, Mr. Alex Otti, the minister stressed his short, medium, and long-term strategies, emphasising the need for state collaborations.

To expedite states’ involvement, Adelabu proposed unbundling various regional DisCos into different states, allowing for more localised oversight.

“Financial collaboration modalities between the federal and state governments will be explored, possibly involving a swap of federal government stakes in DISCOs with State stakes in the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC).

“Support from state governments in the provision of distribution transformers and replacement of weak power lines is deemed crucial for achieving reliable and functional power supplies,” he said.

The minister also announced plans for an inaugural ministerial retreat for the power sector from December 12 to 14, 2023, where these issues would be extensively discussed.
Adelabu urged Governor Otti to attend the retreat, saying the sector was important for economic growth and industrial development at both national and state levels.

Responding, the Abia governor commended the minister’s well-thought-out strategies and expressed support for his transformative efforts.

He said he would attend the retreat, aligning state-level thoughts with the minister’s vision.

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