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PDP, APC set for debate on power sector
A civil society group has announced date for a live debate between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) on their plans to improve the power sector if voted in at the centre in the 2015 general elections.
The group, Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) said the debate, titled : Improving Power Supply in Nigeria: What is Your Party’s Master Plan?”, is scheduled to take place on Thursday, March 19, 2015, in Abuja with the National Publicity Secretaries of the PDP and APC, Chief Olisa Metuh and Alh. Lai Mohammed respectively are expected to represent the parties.
In a statement signed by its Director, Idayat Hassan, CDD noted that despite the commitment to increase electricity supply in Nigeria to as high as 7,000 megawatts by the Chairman of Nigerian Electricity Regulation Commission (NERC), Dr. Sam Amadi, in 2014, the year witnessed continuous fall of electricity supply and it has not gotten any better in the first quarter of 2015.
“The inability to address the swindling power generating capacity of the country since handing over to private investors in November 2013, poses serious economic growth challenge to both the formal and informal sectors in the country. There is no way economic activities could progress amidst low power supply,” it said.
Given the projection that Nigeria needs about 200,000 MW supply of electricity in 2030 (as calculated by the Energy Commission of Nigeria) to achieve its full economic potential, the statement said that it is important to know the plans of the two leading political parties to achieve this noble goal.
“It is thus against this backdrop that CDD is organising this live debate to provide platform for party leaders to tell Nigerians what their parties will do to address the challenges if elected into power in 2015,” it added.