It is easy to rate Fashola on Nigeria power sector,..but he has more to contend with.there other infrastructural ministries under him.
He has dealt and solved more entrenched and associated legacy problems he met in the power sector than any minister before him.
It is always easy to pontificate on these issues on Facebook…and many did in interviews with our reporters.
In my opinion, this is not a fair criticism of Mr. Fashola and his ~3.5 year tenure as Minister for Power.
In power, the failure to deliver should be shared by multiple parties and the core investors in Gencos and Discos in equal measure.
In aggregate blame, government, represented not only by Fashola, but the Vice President whose office oversees two very critical stakeholders in the power sector, should take the lion share.
However, to say Mr. Fashola’s tenure in the power sector has been an abysmal failure is stretching the truth. And clearly not a reflection of the progress in the sector.
But he deserves some accolades as well. Mr. Fashola has been very instrumental in developing and following through on some policies in the power sector that, if well implemented, would be game changers. Policies such as the Eligible Customer policy, Meter Asset Provider policy, Powering Economies policy being championed by the REA, regular monthly stakeholder engagements, fast tracking of the completion of several power projects he met in limbo (Zungeru, Kashimbilla dam) and work on the Mambilla Dam. He has also been able to attract massive funding for TCN and re-position TCN to deliver (the technical capacity of TCN is a discussion for another day).
Lets face reality – the Ministry for Power is no longer an implementation ministry. Its roles are largely confined to policies, which are subject to the legal and regulatory framework of a post privatised power sector.
The Minister for Power has no powers over Discos and Gencos. And has no powers over the Regulator, NERC. He also has no powers over gas companies.