Nigeria’s Power Minister, Sale Mamman, has assured Nigerians of the commitment of the Ministry of Power in providing reliable electricity.
The West African nation has been having challenges with its power sector, leading to numerous cuts in electricity supply.
With an estimated population of 201 million in 2019, 47 percent of Nigerians did not have access to grid electricity and those who did, faced regular power cuts.
In addition, the economic cost of power shortages in Nigeria is estimated at around $28 billion; equivalent to two percent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according to the World Bank report in 2020.
Speaking at a seminar organised by the Joint Negotiation Council (JNC), a chapter of the Ministry of Power, Sale Mamman, who was represented by the Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Mr Otun Emmanuel assured Nigerians that the Federal Government is working to resolve the power challenges in the country.
He assured the staff of the Ministry of his unwavering support on matters of welfare.
He urged the union leaders to engage meaningfully with the Ministry in order to foster the relationship between management and staff.
The Chairman of the JNC, Comrade Bala Mohammed stated that the meeting was held to strengthen the relationship between the management and staff of the Ministry. He appealed to the staff to be dedicated in their duties.
“I wish to appeal to the staff to be dedicated to their duties at all times. Let me also use today’s auspicious occasion to urge you all to pay attention to all aspects of the tasks required to move the Ministry forward and, most especially, to deliver its mandate to Nigerians,“ he said.