Obasanjo denies power corruption


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Page last updated at 13:43 GMT, Monday, 12 May 2008 14:43 UK

Obasanjo denies power corruption
BBC News Online

Olusegun Obasanjo said the probe could scare off potential investors

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has denied any responsibility for the failure of the country's power generation industry.

In a 5,000 word written submission to a parliamentary investigation panel, he said his administration had increased the amount of power generated.

He denied any personal responsibility for the corruption the panel said it had found in the industry.

The panel said $16bn had been spent without improving power supply.

Mr Obasanjo declined the panel's invitation to appear in person.

He said he chose not to attend because the invitation letter was signed by a subordinate to the investigating panel chairman Ndudi Elumelu.

Theatrical or circus shows will provide fun and, maybe, hurt some people but the reality will remain

Power cuts 'embarrassing' Nigeria
Many Nigerians rely on personal petrol-fuelled generators and a huge number live without any power at all.

Large industry has been virtually destroyed by the poor power supply.

The House of Representatives investigation alleged that Mr Obasanjo's government had paid millions of dollars to 34 "non-existent companies".

The committee visited the sites where power stations were meant to be built.

It found no work had been done at some sites after several years.

Denials

Defending his record, Mr Obasanjo said his government had inherited 18 years of neglect in the power generation industry, and had done well to more than double power supply.

Gas pipeline vandalism had hampered power generation.

One damaged pipeline took two years to repair, he said.

To "the uninitiated" it would seem like no work had been done on the power stations, but the reality was that millions of dollars had been "invested", he said.

But he said the investigation into the power sector may actually hamper improvement, and jeopardise Nigeria's development.

Private partners were being chased away by the probe because they feared being "criminalised".

The former president also said the figure spent on building power stations was much lower than the $16bn the panel claimed.

"One year is already lost, we cannot afford to lose another year without dire consequences in the coming years," said Mr Obasanjo.

String of investigations

Referring to a string of investigations into his tenure, he said the legislature should not work against the interests of the Nigerian economy.

"Theatrical or circus shows will provide fun and, maybe, hurt some people but the reality will remain," he said.

He called for the panel to prosecute anyone who they had concrete evidence of fraud against, but said:

"Most of the contractors and suppliers are companies with tremendous reputations and most of their management and staff are men of honour and dignity."

He said under his administration, generation had risen from 1,500 MW to 3,500 MW of electricity

But the country still has a long way to go, Mr Obasanjo said.

According to him, Nigeria will need to generate 100,000 MW to provide enough for its 140 million population and to support the industry it needs to improve their standard of living.
 

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Leo ktk BBC nimekitazama kipindi cha HardTalk na nimeibua mambo mazuri sana toka ktk mahojiano hayo na Speaker wa house of representatives - Dimeji Bankole ambaye ni speaker wa House of Representatives, chombo kipya ktk siasa za Nigeria ambao ndio wanaifanya kazi hii kubwa ya kuibua mafisadi, kuwafikisha mahakamani pindi wakipatikana na makosa.....
Nafikira Tanzania tunahitaji kufuata nyayo kama hizi.. haraka iwezekanavyo tunahitaji chombo kama hiki chenye kujitawala na nguvu ya kuhoji utekelezaji wa kazi zote za serikali..
UWAZI hauwezi kupatikana kama hapatakuwepo na chombo maalum kama hiki..

Kwa bahati mbaya mahojiano hayo yamepigwa kipapai na yanaweza kusikilizwa na watu wa UK peke yake... site hii hapa:- http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/page/item/b00bgbqz.shtml?order=date&filter=channel%3Abbc_news24&scope=iplayerchannels&start=1&version_pid=b00bgbm7
 

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Wasnt obasanyo in dar round 2006?? To come and invest?? ehe eh ehhe..im guessin he was teaching our leaders a trick or two on how to rob the tax payer...Kweli waaafrica tumelaaniwa..Big up to the nigerian bodies for actually acting sio sisi tunaambiwa richmond imefutwa sasa dowans wamechukua...with no further details..dowans ni nani? are they credible..hawana hata website..what are their assets? Kweli siku hizi hatuwezi ku blame the west for our lack of development...inauma sana aloo...
 

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This Man Is Dert In Such Way Amelala Na Mke Wa Mtoto Wake Nakesi Iko Mahakamani,sasa Kama Anaweza Kufanya Hivyo Kwa Wana Wake Je Wananchi, The Man Is Shit
 

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