Renowned political analyst and media personality, Reno Omokri, has expressed his view that it would be an insurmountable challenge for any Nigerian president to ensure round-the-clock electricity supply in the country.
Omokri emphasized that this task can only be accomplished by the private sector, rather than relying solely on government intervention.
The former presidential assistant argued that eliminating subsidies and fully privatising the power industry are crucial first steps in resolving Nigeria’s electrical problems.
Omokri is adamant that the government should refrain from engaging in commercial endeavors and let the private sector take the lead in delivering effective and dependable power services.
In a statement, Omokri highlighted the complexities and resource-intensive nature of the electricity sector, emphasizing that sustained power supply requires significant investment, expertise, and a profit-driven approach.
He argued that the private sector, with its competitive drive and focus on profit generation, is better equipped to undertake the necessary infrastructure development, maintenance, and service delivery required to meet the electricity needs of the nation.
Speaking via Instagram, he wrote, “No matter who won the #NigerianElections2023, no President can give Nigeria 24 hours of uninterrupted power. Why? Because that is not a job for the government. Only the private sector can achieve that. As Nigerians, we must support fuel subsidy removal AND the complete privatization of the power sector. Even the Nigerian Railway Corporation should be sold. And ALL our airports.
“Government has no business being in business. Whether it is the business of oil and gas, power, aviation, ports or railways
“We must wean ourselves off this military command system where everything is controlled from Dodan Barracks or Aso Rock. If we don’t, we will never fully enter the Twenty-First Century.”