Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Out of the Darkness?

The generators in Jos last week rumbled for three straight days. The power usually comes on there (albeit randomly) for at least a few hours a day, but stayed off for this extended period. Imagine the frustration, the lack of productivity and the noise. It’s like hearing dozens of lawnmowers running right outside your window.

It’s a good thing that Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan recently outlined a Roadmap for Power Sector Reform. He says, “As President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, I and my Vice President, Arc. Namadi Sambo, GCON, are conscious that what we do with the Nigerian electricity supply industry will go a long way in determining whether Nigeria remains in darkness or joins the rest of the world in the race for development. Our commitment is to bring an end to our nation's stunted growth and usher in the fresh air of prosperity by pursuing a new era of sector-wide reform which is driven by improved service delivery to every class of customers in the Nigerian electricity sector.”

His plan is a good one, and I join Nigerians in hoping that its goals are accomplished. In the meantime, I wouldn’t advise them to get rid of their generators just yet.

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