The Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo has described energy correspondents as part of the power family because of their factual and objective coverage of the power sector most especially the power privatization process adjudged to be the most transparent globally
The Minister disclosed this during a dinner organized in honour of energy correspondents in Abuja.
Nebo thanked the correspondents for good understanding of the challenges facing the sector.
The Minister said it wouldn’t have been possible to reach the public, consumers and would be investors without their understanding and cooperation.
Prof. Nebo admired the courage of journalists in trying to be factual and objective as possible in covering their beat.
The Minister said there is significant improvement in quantum of electricity to consumers and gave example of Kaduna which now has about 23 hrs of electricity per day.
He lamented that the sector has dilapidated infrastructure and some obsolete transformers, almost 30 years of installations.
He also implored the correspondents to tell Nigerians what is really happening in the sector.
Responding, Madina Dauda, of the Voice of America (VOA) on behalf of energy correspondents, appreciated the Minister for finding time out of his tight schedules to honour the correspondents.
Madina assured the Minister of the commitments of energy correspondent in covering the sector.
She further testified that there was significant improvement in electricity supply across the country.
Dauda informed the Minister that energy correspondents would continue to be part of the power sector family.
It would be recalled that a similar dinner was organized last year to honour, appreciate and for harmonious working relationship between the Ministry and Energy Correspondents.
Assistant Director (Press)