Abuja – The Advocacy for Economic Integrity, an NGO, on Tuesday in Abuja called on the Federal Government to improve on power supply to bolster the nation’s industrial sector.
The Director-General of the organisation, Mr Abdullahi Aremu, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Aremu identified poor power supply as the greatest challenge facing industrial sector, saying the situation could not make manufacturers to perform optimally.
“For instance, a compaty can run its plant 16 hours a day on generator. In fact, Nigerians should be able to challenge the electricity distribution companies for poor services.
“They give many people estimated bills instead of prepayment meters. They give a manufacturing firm an estimated bill of huge amount for one month, even when electricity supply is not stable.
“Other manufacturers are paying similar electricity bills yet they spend so much buying diesel on daily basis to power their generators,’’ he said.
He said there was the need to properly equip workers in the electricity sector with the proper skills.
According to him, what is happening to the economy and the power sector inclusive is lack of political will to move the system forward.
“For our economy to achieve optimum growth, there must be stability to enhance sustainability both in the medium term and long-run expectations,’’ Aremu said.