President Goodluck Jonathan
The ICT Publishers Alliance, publishers of technology-based magazines has commended the Federal Government on its recent reform agenda on the power sector.
Chairman of the Alliance, Mr. Aaron Ukodie noted in a statement that the recent improvements in the power sector is a testimony that the President Goodluck Jonathan administration has the political will to carry through its reforms roadmap for the industry.
The company further stated that the current improvements confirmed that only a complete deregulation and liberalisation of the power sector as was the case in the telecommunication sector can achieve a complete and holistic turn around in the sector.
Full measures in the implementation of the power reform roadmap is what the Jonathan administration requires to achieve the sort of achievement that was recorded in the telecommunication sector during the years of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Alliance said.
According to the Alliance during the years of the implementation of the telecommunication reform roadmaps, the government of the day ensured that there was no political interference in the implementation of the process. The political will was demonstrated as Obasanjo warned all those who made efforts to truncate the process to stay off.
The Alliance said President Jonathan must be determined and should demonstrate a strong will in ensuring that no one comes the way of the reforms.
Participants in the privatisation process as was the case in the telecommunication sector should not only be those with financial muscle, as they must demonstrate that they have the technical knowhow to run the business, the publishing firm added.
The Alliance said it was concerned that the power reforms were successful as it would positively impact on the telecommunication sector, both in the quality of service offered and in price offerings.
The Alliance had already called on the federal government to enact a law that makes telecommunication infrastructure as critical national assets to stem the current tide of insecurity around telecommunication facilities.