To cut a long story short, I don't subscribe to your argument at all. We should be encouraging other centres of commerce and not focus on Lagos at the expense of other places. That to me is just plain SILLY. Lagos is already overpopulated and the infrastructure is not matching with the growth required for it to be a truly global city. We need to move away from this frankly speaking, ARCHAIC mentality. Nigeria is populous enough and has enough potential to support OTHER centres of commerce and trade outside Lagos.Lagos is more important than any state in Nigeria. Lagos should have 24 hours electricity before any other state in Nigeria.
Why? Because Lagos uses the most electricity, Lagos needs the most electricity, Lagos is the state with the truest economy. Other states have subsistence farming or Oil/Gas or this or that. I am not saying that they don't have an economy, but no state has an economy that requires stable electricity as much as Lagos Does.
If you have to prioritize who gets stable electricity first, I would say it should be Lagos. Not even Abuja, because the government doesn't do any work anyway. If the Federal Government was smart, they would ensure that the critical states have stable electricity first.
There is no point giving Lagos the same hours as Borno State or Taraba State. Every part of the country should have stable electricity, but Lagos should b first. Because Lagos can even take care of the rest of the country, it it gets into gear.
Look at places like Singapore......trust me...Lagos can be donating money to the rest of the country, if they get into gear, so other states should not act like they are Lagos's age mate. Lagos that has 60% of your non oil economy, Lagos that uses what ....50% of your energy?...I don't know the numbers right now, but you know what I mean. Lagos that receives how much of your incoming cargo?...these numbers are just endless!
Lagos can be donating money to other parts of the country. Lagos can even have an economy bigger than the whole of West Africa, if you give them the opportunity. Lagos will put food on your table! Lagos will put your children through school. There is no point Yobe pretending that they know what they are doing, or Niger State or Ebonyi State or Osun State. Give the power to Lagos and they will clothe you and nurture you.
I don't know what's going on..but if you visit the website, you can see that all the projects (NIPP) appear to be completed. They were already 90-95% complete last year...so now that it is April 2013 I am guessing they are all complete.Can someone confirm a total capacity of almost 9000MW this month? Im sceptical that that has been reached tbh.
That applies primarily to defense companies (perhaps it extends to airlines as well), but certainly not to power or utility companies. And unlike the Nigerian "oga", those US investors would actually contribute capital and/or technology.Except I really believe it is. Foreign investors in the US are not allowed to own more than 50% of the company shares or something of that nature. Richard Branson had to partner with US companies to set up his businesses in The States due to this issue I believe. There might be a slim chance I am mistaken but I am SURE I have come across this before somewhere.
Is that why the NIPP projects that were steaming towards completion (with Opkai, Omotosho and Geregu already completed) when Mr. Obasanjo left office are still uncompleted today?That won't happen. You seem to forget we operate a functional democracy in Nigeria, with states like Lagos the battle ground for powerful political parties who have no intention of losing their hold on the state by enthroning corrupt, inept administrations that will surely get kicked out of power by the electorate.
Sapele is going to a Chinese-Nigeria consortium.Oh BTW, i keep seeing sapele
Read this sad news here : http://www.punchng.com/business/energy/sapele-power-plant-battles-capacity-recovery-challenges/
I have lived here long enough to learn that ANYTHING can happen in Nigeria -- ANYTHING (and even in Lagos)!That cannot happen ^^ Maybe in other states, but not in Lagos.
Btw, a sitting governor anointing (all but appointing) a successor governor in Nigeria who then turns around and stabs him in the gullet is about as old as prostitution (Enugu State is one of several poignant examples).TLagos is like a Crime Family. I am willing to bet that the next Lagos Governor will be in the circles of Fashola. Trust me. Lagos is a Crime Family.
SourceAlison-Madueke, who spoke at the opening of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group Roundtable discussion recently held in Abuja, said, "It will interest you to know that gas supply has grown at a most unprecedented rate of about 20 per cent per annum, effectively reaching a new peak of about 1500mmcf/d from less than 500mmcf/d a few years ago."
Alison-Maduke was represented by the Group Executive Director, Gas and Power, NNPC, Dr. David Ige.
She said over the last three years, the gas sector had experienced aggressive reforms culminating in the major gas addition to the domestic market.
According to the minister, the current demand by the National Integrated Power Project is put at about 260mmcf/d in the western area and it is expected to grow to about 340mmcf/d by the year end.
The other side of the gas supply issue:
http://sweetcrudereports.com/2013/04/30/power-sector-owing-nnpc-n22bn-for-gas-alison-madueke/Represented at the event by the NNPC’s Group Executive Director, Gas and Power, David Ige, Alison-Madueke also stated that gas supply payment performance has been a major dis-incentive to supply growth in the sector.
“One key dis-incentive to supply growth is the payment performance of the power sector broadly, whilst NIPP has had a relatively better performance in terms of paying for gas, the power sector still owes about N22 billion for gas supplied.
“For sustained growth in supply, there is need for improved payment performance,” she said.