Fashola disclosed this at the maiden edition of Made in Nigeria Festival taking place at Eko Atlantic, Lagos.
The Minister has also pledged to ensure the power sector works to the point where Nigeria has uninterrupted electricity supply.
Fashola recalled a challenge with a project and it took only a phone call to Globacomn Chairman, Otunba Mike Adenuga to resolve the matter.
He said on the issue of man-made, “We had an issue some time ago, during an electrification project. We got to this expanse of land and we were told that the land where we needed to lay electricity cable belongs to ‘the spirit.’ Indigenes of that area scared the contractors away by invoking curse on the project. I was briefed about this and we started negotiation with them. You won’t believe this but, by the time we finished the negotiation, the ‘spirits’ collected money and we were able to continue with our project. Another instance was where we had a telecommunication mast obstructing electrification of a village. The former regime and the telecommunication company were exchanging letters. All I did was call Adenuga and the mast was removed in a week…”
Speaking further, he said since 1960, Nigeria generated 5,074 megawatt of power for the first time in February 2016.
The minister said, “We have never generated up to 5,000 mega watt of power since 1960, but we generated 5,074 mega watts of power in February, 2016 and this was made possible because we have began systematic repair of our power-generating equipments which is in the phase one of our developmental plans’.
He disclosed that he and his team has a developmental plan consisting of power generation which is focused on maximising all available power-generating components by repairing them. The second phase is steady supply of power while the third phase is uninterrupted power supply…”
Fashola who was speaking as a member of panel consisting of Mrs Adeola Sumola of Bello Osagie & Associates, Ms. Chantel Abdul MD/CEO Mojek International and Mr. Mofid Karameh Chairman Mikano Group. Dr. Ogho Okiti, publisher of Economics Times, Abuja was the Moderator.
He reiterated government’s commitment to get electricity to the rural areas by engaging universities located in rural areas.
In his words, ’we are deepening rural electricity, we are using universities as anchors for these rural areas. These universities are located in the rural areas. In the universities where we are carrying out this rural electrification programmes, we are challenging the students in Electrical Engineering Departments to develop a power plan to add to what we have on ground already before they graduate from that university.’’