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Osinbajo proffers solution to power issues, Apapa gridlock, others



Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has insisted that decentralisation will tackle erratic power supply challenges in the country.

Addressing Muslim professionals at Lekki Central Mosque, Lagos, he said: “We are convinced that we can’t use the national grid as the only source of power supply for the entire country. It has to be decentralised to allow several companies to generate and distribute power.”

He disclosed government’s efforts to provide adequate power through the licensing of private companies.

“For instance, if a particular company can provide power for Lekki, we will give it the licence to provide power for Lekki only, so we can have a company providing and distributing power to segments of the populace. We have done that in Sura, Iponrin, Aba, Sabon Gari and other markets.”

Speaking on plans to address the Apapa traffic gridlock, he noted the dredging of the Warri port to serve as alternative import route. “We are also thinking of vessels berthing at the Calabar Port.

The 34 million metric tonnes (capacity) Apapa port is now receiving over 86 metric tonnes. We are taking cargoes out of the ports by rail to decongest the area.

“The Lagos/Kano railway project will address this. We recently launched the Lagos/Abeokuta rail axis. We are also building two truck terminals around the area and we hope that would be completed by the end of this month,” he added.

On security, he noted: “We must be ready to accept state police. That is the only way to police a country of this size. What we find out is that we are trying to control policing from Abuja. We need to have policemen that are familiar with the community. We are also trying to keep reforming the police. The new Inspector General of Police (IGP) is interested in community policing.”

We are also looking at collaboration at the state level. Security remains a primary concern for us.”

He disclosed that Nigerian yams would soon be accepted internationally.

According to him, a lot of the so-called Ghanaian yams are actually Nigerian yams.

“That is the discovery of Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) team. The issue is that Ghanaian yams were accepted long ago and a lot of people started labelling their yams Ghanaian yams because it needs no special clearance. But we are now aggressive and NEPC has been working extensively with yam exporters. Very soon, you will see that Nigerian yams will be practicably everywhere in the world.

The Minister for Communications, Adebayo Shittu, at the event urged Christians and Muslims to work together for the progress of the country.

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