6,000mw Electricity Target: NACCIMA Slams FG


The president, Nigeria Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Dr Simon Chukwuemeka Okolo has slammed the federal government for not fulfilling its promise of meeting the much-touted 6,000 megawatts of electricity by December 2009.
Okolo who was assessing the performance of the central government on the power sector last year, said it was disheartening that government was unable to meet the 6,000mw electricity target set for the end of 2009.
The inability of the federal government to deliver on 6,000mw of electricity, he said has cast doubts in the federal government’s ability to achieve the much-hyped seven-point Agenda and Vision 20:2020.
At the 37th Annual General Meeting of NACCIMA in Lagos recently, the president of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Alhaji, Bashir Borodo said that the industrial sector suffered lots of challenges last year, including the problem of frequent power cuts, unfavourable terms of credit, especially high interest rates etc.
In the last six months, macro-economic indices were disrupted when the exchange of the naira fell suddenly by almost 20 per cent after a relatively long period of stability. The combined effect of high interest rates and devaluation, of course was increase in inflation, “Borodo said.
Borodo, however was optimistic that “the recent reduction of Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) to six per cent from eight per cent and the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN guarantee of all inter-bank lending as well as placements with banks by pension fund managers until March 2010 will ease liquidity in the system with its attendant significant reduction in lending rates.
The Managing Director, Crusader Sterling Pensions, said his fund was watching equities closely and would increase its exposure to 15 per cent from 10 as the market re-prices this year.
“I expect the market to re-value prices particularly for the banking sector who automatically will have a multi plex effect when it comes to the pricing of other equities,” he said.
In his own assessment of the nation’s industrial sector under president Umar Musa Yar’Adua, Dr Jasper Akintunde, an economic analyst, said there has been little or no significant growth in terms of capacity utilisation in the past year just as he lamented the problem of infrastructural decay in the country.
Akintunde said there was need to adopt pragmatic measures aimed at taking the tide for the country this New Year, especially in the real sector of the nation’s economy.
However, going by the preliminancy loading schedules, Nigeria plans to export about 1.7 per cent more of its 14 biggest crude types by February this year compared with the previous months. Shipments of Nigeria’s 14 biggest crude grades will average about 1.965 million barrels a day or a total of 55 million barrel.