By Chineme Okafor
The Presidential Task Force on Power (PTFP), Friday said that President Goodluck Jonathan did not lie on the nation’s current power generation figures.
PTFP stated in a statement in Abuja that contrary to a report published by an online media which erroneously misinterpreted the President's press briefing held last November, the president actually clarified that the country was experiencing transmission challenges with its generated power.
The statement quoted the Chairman of PTFP, Beks Dagogo-Jack to have said that during the press briefing: "The President made mention of the 5000 megawatts (MW) generation profile achieved and immediately went on to clarify that owing to transmission constraints not all of this can be evacuated for now.
It is important to note that since that interview we have achieved over 6,300 MW in available generation and have hit a peak of 4517MW in evacuated power. So where is the lie? "
Dagogo-Jack further explained that:"There was a difference between the impressive increase we have recorded in available generation which is in itself a worthy progress and the actual power we can wheel on any given day based on the transmission and gas limitations."
While referring to the article as "a mischievous misinterpretation of what Mr. President said and meant and a disrespect to the office of the President, Dagogo-Jack also said the average generation profile, which signifies the power that can be generated and made available on a given day, is well over 5,000MW just as the average evacuated power profile, which is power actually evacuated to consumers on any given day, is approximately 4,400 MW.
He stated that both figures were well below 3000MW in 2010 when President Jonathan came into office and advised the author and others in his position to endeavour to be civil in their language when addressing the office of the president especially when they are unsure of the facts.
"Such persons should not allow themselves to be used by detractors who are envious of the very remarkable strides already recorded in power under the leadership of President Jonathan. The truth of significant improvement in power supply since 2010 is not a hidden fact," Dagogo-Jack stated.
He noted that the progress made since 2010 in transiting Nigeria's near moribund power industry into a viral private-sector driven and fully regulated market is not a hidden fact, adding that it is the President's political will and close-marking which have brought about this ongoing progress.