By Efa Sunday
The presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Mr. Donald Duke has said if elected in the February 16, 2019 general elections, he will fix the electricity challenges facing Nigeria within 36 months in office.
Duke stated this recently in an interview with Channels TV monitored by CrossRiverWatch where he said it will take him a, “maximum of 36 months” to get the job done.
“This is a nation that flares until recently 2.5 billion cubic feet of gas that is equivalent to about 25 million liters of diesel,” said Duke, a former Governor of Cross River State.
Explaining how this will be achieved, Mr. Duke who expressed confidence in his plans said the country needs a nationwide gas grid where literally in every senatorial district there is gas.
He averred that: “Get manufacturing off the national grid, put them on gas. I will charge the gas relatively low, really low because you are flaring it. Leave domestic and small scale (businesses) on the national grid. In 24 months, you can have gas throughout this country if you are serious.”
He criticized President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing himself as the minister of petroleum resources, and pointed out that more attention should be given to how funds are being utilised.
“That is hogwash; absolutely hogwash. I would rather be minister of finance. I will take over the finances of the country and know how money is being spent,” Duke said and encouraged investment in the manufacturing industries.
Furthermore, he explained that the challenges facing the country originated from the productivity index which he said was “absolutely dismal.”
According to him, there is need to create jobs for the people, as well as an environment where citizens can express themselves.