Former Minister of Power and Steel, Dr Olu Agunloye, on Wednesday advised the Federal Government to address corruption in the power sector.
Agunloye gave the advice during a chat with newsmen in Abuja. He had purchased Expression of Interest and Nomination forms for the Ondo gubernatorial election on the platform of Social Democratic Party (SDP). According to him, electricity generation is not rocket science and tackling corruption in the sector will ensure stable power supply across the country.
“When I was minister of power, the peak of power delivered was 4,139 megawatts and that was the record till five, six years ago. It was the record we generated in 2003. “The problem with power in Nigeria is corruption. It is easier to generate power than to re-orientate people. “It is easier to make Shiroro Dam work than to make primary school children think correctly. It is easier to generate power than to preach in the church but the problem is corruption. “Day in, day out, a lot of money is being invested in the power sector but nothing is coming out of it. “The blueprint of what to do there is well known and has been done in other countries before with result. “Power will come the day corruption in the sector is nipped in the bud’’, Agunloye said.
Agunloye, who was also former minister of state for defence, called on the federal government to address the re-insurgence of militancy in oil-producing states. He said injustice inflamed the resurgence of militancy and pipeline vandalism in oil-producing states in the South-South. “Any where there is injustice, criminality will come in. What we have seen is that people sense injustice and they fight back.” On his ambition, Agunloye said he intended to move Ondo from being a consumer state to a state that creates wealth and social service for youths. Another aspirant, Mr Pius Daodu, said he would focus on agriculture development, industrialisation, free education and the health, if voted in. Daodu said it was important that the government worked with and empower vigilance groups to work with security agencies to ensure that communities were well protected.