It was equally resolved that proceeds from pollution tax to be
collected from oil companies be used to clean up communities
that are impacted by oil spill.
Conference demanded immediate initiation of efforts to clean-up
oil spill and restore degraded environments in the Niger Delta
in line with the recommendations of the United National
In order to make fuel supply available to people in the riverine
areas, Conference resolved that government should investigate
why the floating petrol stations built in the past have not
worked, and take steps to resuscitate them.
It was also resolved that government finds immediate means of
improving gas supply and transmission to ramp up power delivery
to the system as a solution to current cash shortfall in the
In addition, Conference said government should implement the
National Gas Plan whose main objective is to transmit gas to all
the states of the federation for industrial and domestic use and
to the Independent Power Projects.
Delegates however voted against a declaration of a state of
emergency in the power sector in line with the promise made in
2008 by the late President Umaru Yar’Adua during a visit to
It was however resolved that government should release take-off
grant to the Hydro Electric Power Area Development Commission so
that communities in river banks would have access to power.
Adequate representation of Nigerian engineers in the planning
and implementation of all aspects of the power sector reform
programme was also recommended by the Conference.
Delegates also asked government to ensure level playing ground
for the independent power producers and other genuine investors
in the power business.
As a matter of urgency, Conference said government must set up a
committee to review the current National Electric Power Policy
to make it suitable to provide a quantum leap required to propel
Nigeria into the top 20 economies of the world; and that the
Electric Power Sector Reform Act be aligned with the new policy.
It was observed that this might involve revisiting the contract
entered into with the new private owners with a view to charting
a way forward that would ensure increased, improved quality and
sustainable electrical power supplies to Nigerians.
Conference agreed that the new private power companies be given
two years to stabilize and provide efficient electricity supply
to every Nigerian.
To realise the vision of providing electric power supply at
affordable cost, Conference resolved that a deliberate policy be
put in place to encourage local production of spare parts and
all electrical equipment needed by the electricity supply
Politicians, especially elected public officials, and aspiring
politicians had a demand placed on them; that of making
availability and usage of liquefied petroleum gas part of their
constituency project undertaking.
Government was urged to consider the construction of
mini-refineries in each state of the federation as is done and
sustained in Indonesia and Malaysia.
Conference called for the establishment of the Niger Delta
Energy Corridor to serve as a veritable tool for the rapid
industrialization of the country.
The development of simple solar appliances for home use received
a unanimous approval of the Conference.
Delegates urged government to immediately conduct full
implementation of the Electricity Reform Act as enacted in the
interest of the national economy.
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