After the transformation from NEPA to PHCN, all that has successfully been done is putting up of websites here and there and distribution of electricity meters. Fine we love to see colorful websites, but more, we want to see the colorful lights of our bulbs and florescent tubes. Examples of such websites are:www.phcnonline.com, http://www.phcnekozone.org, www.phcnng.com, www.phcnikejazone.org, www.ikejaelectricity.org.
I definitely believe these web-sites are part of the e-Government strategy!!
First of all, I would be interested to know how much money was awarded and embezzled for contracts of building all these ‘more on google’ PHCN websites. How do I visit the website of the PHCN office for my zone when I have no light in my house?
Please, help me with this mathematics:
– how many states are in Nigeria? how many PHCN zones per state? how many PHCN ‘zonal-basis’websites? how many webhosts? how many webmasters?
– are there computers at all these Zonal offices? NO, coz the majority of them are still using typewriters.
….. talk about a total waste of money, time, effort.
….. talk about contracts for the killing – all for the sake of ‘PHCN’ Web presence, yet I have no light in my house.
Is it not more reasonable to have one major PHCN WebPortal from which ‘customers’-the Nigerian populace, can access information from any location, and for any PHCN location in the country? I wonder why our leaders love doing things in the reverse.
Taking Lagos state for example:
1) Every house (residence) has at least 1-generator set.
2) Organizations, companies, banks etc, have at least 2-high powered generator sets.
3) Shops, commercial centers, restaurants, Mr. Biggs and their likes have their own set of generator sets.
4) I doubt, but really I do not think that there is a Church/Mosque in Lagos that does not have a generator set.
5) Even the MTN/Glo card sales lady has her own means of providing electricity for herself.
I wonder: With all the Oil Nigeria is producing and burning away on a daily basis, foreign exchange here and there, I wonder what the bottle-neck exactly is, that Nigeria cannot, after 47-years of Independence have stable electrical power-supply. Our African neighbors have since left us behind. No need to elaborate.
The economics of a stable electrical power supply are not too far-fetched – the cost of basic goods will drop to very affordable levels. Example: if the business center woman has electrical power 8-working hours a day, 5-naira per photocopied page won’t be acceptable anymore.
I believe that one major quality a leader should possess is to look for a major problem, lack, deficiency, need or want in the life, and environment of the people he/she is leading and profer an immediate and permanent solution.
If only we have a President who could solve our electricity problem, even if such a President does not achieve any other thing while in office, except provide Nigerians with stable electricity, Nigerians would forever be greatful to such.
What a wish!!!