The Director-General, Bureau of Public Enterprises, Mr. Benjamin Dikki, has said that electricity consumers in Lagos State now get 18-hour uninterrupted power supply.
Dikki, who stated this when members of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture visited the bureau in Abuja, said privatisation of electricity in the country had started yielding results.
He said electricity supply in Lagos State and other parts of the country would have improved considerably but for the shortage of gas supply.
Dikki, in a statement issued by the Head, Public Affairs, Mr. Chigbo Anichebe, said the new power owners had invested heavily to upgrade infrastructure and other requirements to give Nigerians uninterrupted power supply “but the impediment is steady gas supply.”
While appealing to Nigerians to be patient with the new owners of the power assets, the DG said government was doing everything possible to solve the gas challenge.
He said, “BPE does not embark on propaganda to beat its chest but take advantage of platforms provided by credible organisations like ABUCCIMA to showcase the bureau’s achievements.”
But Dikki’s claim was countered by Lagos State residents.
One of the residents in Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos State, Chima Edwards, said the claim was far from the truth.
He said, “I wonder where the 18-hour power is being supplied. We hardly get three hours uninterrupted power in a day. Maybe Dikki meant the highbrow areas and if that is the case, he should be specific instead of generalising.”