29 November 2012

Nigeria: Power Company - Kano Threatens BPE With Court Action

Kano State Government has threatened to challenge the Bureau for Public Enterprise (BPE) in court over the recent privatisation of the Kano Power Distribution Company.

Speaking with members of Kano Renaissance Think Tank (KRTT) at the Government House, Kano Wednesday, Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, said the privatisation exercise lacked transparency as the state government was not duly consulted.

The governor explained that under such an arrangement, the state government was supposed to be fully contacted on anything relating to the privatisation exercise because government had a right over whatever affects the people of the state.

Kwankwaso, who argued that the whole arrangement was defective, alleged that the company, which purportedly bought the Kano Power Company was ineffectual, pointing out that his government had enough grounds to feel uncomfortable with the whole deal.

"The hurried way in which the company was sold lives much to be desired. We are going to challenge the decision in court to ensure justice is done in this matter because we are not comfortable with the whole arrangement," he said.

Kwankwaso also mentioned that his administration was eager to actualise an Independent Power Project (IPP) for the state because of the centrality of power to economic prosperity, recalling that during his first tenure in 1999 to 2003, a lot of money was spent in providing electricity for many communities across the 44 local government areas of the state.

He told the visitors that since assuming office in 2011, the state government had invested so much in infrastructural and social development as part of plans to transform the state into an enviable model in Nigeria.

In his address, the spokesman of the group, Alhaji Yakubu Musa, advised the state government to establish its own power plant and revolutionise the state transportation system in tandem with what was obtainable in modern cities across the world.

He urged the state government to revise its schools' curriculum, as the one in use now is archaic and does not reflect prevailing realities.

Musa opined that the state government should pay more attention to the training of teachers and doctors for better health and educational services.

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