Monday, 1 April 2013
POWER CUT AS PRESIDENT JONATHAN GIVES EASTER MESSAGE IN CHURCH
CULLED FROM PUNCH
[President Goodluck Jonathan has again pushed forward the timeline for his administration’s pledge to deliver improved power supply, telling Nigerians on Sunday they would continue to live with epileptic electricity supply at least until 2014.
Mr. Jonathan made the comment on Sunday after his Easter message at Our Saviour’s Anglican Church, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, was interrupted by power outage.Electricity went off midway into the president’s 10-minute speech, and he was thereafter handed a battery-powered microphone to continue.
In response to the development, Mr. Jonathan expressed the hope that the country would put the problem of epileptic power supply behind it by 2014. He was however not definite about it.
“They know that I’m here; that’s why they took light, at least to remind me that I must not sleep until we stabilise power. God willing, next year they will not take light," Mr. Jonathan said into the battery-powered microphone as a former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, and other worshippers looked on.
The president’s declaration on Sunday suggests the country might know no end to the poor electricity supply situation that has crippled it for years.Mr. Jonathan’s administration has made countless promises and set several deadlines to arrest the tide, and on each occasion, it has failed to deliver.
As recent as January 24, Mr. Jonathan said in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour electricity would be “relatively stable” before end of 2013. ]
So many broken promises. Only God can help us!