Government commended for strides made in power and agriculture

Timothy Choji, Abuja

The Nigerian government has been commended for diversifying the sources of generating power, in order to boost electricity supply to all parts of the country.

This was disclosed by the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole while interacting with Journalists after the 57th meeting of the National Economic Council, which was presided over by the country’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Governor Oshiomhole said that the Council was satisfied with the explanations given by the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babtunde Fashola, on how to tackle the challenges confronting the power sector.

We had a very comprehensive brief from the Minister and we all acknowledged that we have serious challenges, as we still don’t have enough power. The level of generation is still far below what the country needs. From the briefing of the Minister, we were satisfied that the government is working on diversifying various sources of power supply including hydro, solar, wind and gas,” he said.

The Governor also said the Council has decided to deliver more housing units to Nigerians, especially low income earners, using local materials.

“There was also a conversation around the blue print that the Ministry of Housing has worked on, to deliver a number of housing units across the country. The building materials that would be used would be made in Nigeria and when you look at the number of hands that will be engaged in the manufacturing of those building materials and the construction, it will be a quick win. So we all agreed that housing is one sector that can generate hundreds and thousands of jobs,” the Governor explained.

The meeting was also attended by the Ministers of Mines and Steel Development, Agriculture, Finance and Environment, who took turns to brief the Council.

“Agriculture again took the centre stage at the NEC meeting as the Minister of Agriculture shared with us some of his action plans on how to improve food production across the country since we have taken agriculture as a pivot upon which all the wheels of our economic activities must rotate, if the nation must go out of recession,” the Imo State Governor explained.

His Adamawa State counterpart, Jibrilla Bindow informed Journalists that the Council would miss Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, who has been a member of the Council for the past eight years, since his tenure as Governor was coming to an end.

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