• Shehu Sani
He wrote: “We need a Minister of Power; One who has nothing else to do or to think about but concentrate on issue of Power; We hitherto often lived in the dark, now we perpetuate in it. Light is now luxury, luxury is now light. With the Privatization of power, We moved from the darkness of a tunnel to that of a cave. We moved from power epilepsy to power paralysis”.
He stated this at the inauguraul edition of `Buharimeter’, town hall meeting organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD).
He had said: “In terms of the size of my ministry, I don’t think it is bigger than the ministries that I have superintended before. I am very grounded on that level. There are almost 30 ministries in Lagos and about 57 parastatals, and I was involved on a day-to-day basis.
“What is different this time is that I am working with a team that I have just met, so and it is taking time to understand everybody. We are having regular meetings. I need to know everybody on beat by name and by face. It’s like playing football, and you don’t know your teammate and you want him to pass, you’ll say ‘O boy pass’, but after a while you know each other by name and you will bond better.
“Also, knowing the assets I am managing, visiting the sites, the power plants, touring the roads by driving rather than flying, and that’s taking some time. I have seen all of it on paper and I don’t think that it is something that has overwhelmed me.
“I have a minister of state who is assisting me. I have a permanent secretary in charge of power, and I have a permanent secretary who is overseeing works and housing because we are in the same place, and I have very, very competent staff.”