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Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said that it is not the Federal government's problem if some Nigerians do not have electricity.

Punch reports that the Minister said this when he spoke at the Nextier Power Dialogue which held in Abuja yesterday December 12th.

There are problems without a doubt and we must deal with them. But let me remind you, all of the assets that the Ministry of Power used to control for power have been sold by the last administration before I came.

And so if you don’t have power, it is not the government’s problem. Let us be honest. The people who are operating the power sector, generation and distribution are now privately owned companies. I am here because I am concerned.

If your telephone is not working, it is not the minister of communication that you go to. Let us be very clear. So for those of you who want to weaponise electricity, face the businessmen who have taken it up. Let us be honest. If your bank over-charges you interest, is it the minister of finance you go to? So let’s be clear.

This is now a private business by Act of parliament 2005.  My role is regulatory, oversight and policy, but I have a problem which is the fact that I can’t see a problem and turn my back, so I’m getting involved. So the people you should be talking to about transformers is not me, the ministry doesn’t supply transformers anymore.”

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