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EMBARRASSMENT: VP Osinbajo thrown into darkness in Minna

– Vice president Yemi Osinbajo might have been embarrassed in Minna yesterday, November 13, when he experienced what millions of Nigerians experience on a daily basis as electricity went off when he graced an occasion in the town

– Mr Osinbajo was the 8th Festival of Songs, organised by the Minna Choral Society, with Osinbajo, his wife and the state governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, in attendance

The vice-president of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, has said there will be 7,000 megawatts of electricity by next year.

Vice president Yemi Osinbajo

Vice president Yemi Osinbajo might have been embarrassed in Minna yesterday, November 13, when he experienced what millions of Nigerians experience on a daily basis as electricity went off when he graced an occasion in the town.

Mr Osinbajo was the 8th Festival of Songs, organised by the Minna Choral Society, with Osinbajo, his wife and the state governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, in attendance.

According to reports, 30 minutes into the event, power went off, throwing the hall into confusion.

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In the heat of the confusion, it was reported that governor Bello left the hall to returned after light had been restored. The governor reportedly went to observe his prayers but the august visitors kept their cool until power was restored.

Dignitaries at the event expressed disappointment at the embarrassment and blamed the organisers for relying solely on Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) without a generator on standby.

But the state government had equally threatened to stop payment of electricity bills to the AEDC if power outages persisted.

“We have demanded from electricity generating companies to allocate additional 10 per cent electricity from the national grid to the state. That is yet to yield result. We can no longer wait but take appropriate action to seek other means of steady electricity supply to our people.

“We have started talks with two electricity companies based outside the country. We will start with Minna, the state capital then, it will cut across other local government areas of the state.

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“Though the president is aware of our plight, we will try, on our par,t pending when the 10 per cent additional allocation we are demanding will be allocated to us, to look for alternative way.”

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