Governors Olusegun Agagu (Ondo) and Liyel Imoke (Cross River) are two of the three governors drafted into the Power Emergency Implementation Committee to monitor the investment in the power sector. As from July, the federal government will start spending some $4 billion USD on power plant projects nationwide.
If you are thinking as I did, you will wonder why those men.
The two governors were former OBJ ministers, who managed the power projects from 2000 to 2008. Those projects, the nation later discovered – thanks to House of Representatives probe – are a cesspool of corruption. This blog and several others discussed the House probes then, see: Nigeria deserves to be in darkness and Obasanjo waived due process to fast-track power projects.
Just when I was getting enthusiastic that the president will be different and capable of thinking out of the box; the inclusion of these men is a downer.
It shows it’s still business as usual in Nigeria, where the same old incompetent hands get recycled. Since the federal government has remain stuck in its old ways of doing things, it is no surprise that the label “federal” has become a synonym for “failure”.
How can the nation attain fresh and desirable outcomes when it keeps making the same mistakes over and over again?