Soberekon Seeks Divestment Of Power Generation In States …Urges Gov To Mount Rivers Coat Of Arms
Former World Wrestler and Public Affairs Activist Rev. Sokari Soberekon say electricity generation in Nigeria should be left to the states to manage.
Exchanging views with newsmen in his residence in Port Harcourt Rev. Soberekon stated that power generation in this country has remained epileptic underperforming because activities in the sector had been left in the hands of the federal government.
Soberekon said states should be given concession of manage their own electricity and power generation and distribution, emphasizing that it will give the respective states leverage to decide its source of energy for its people.
He said that such ownership will allow the states to engage professionals and investors to harness the available resources that best suit its power generation needs, adding that without power, there will be no development.
The reverend also stated that the country should be restructured to ensure that states develop at their pace as the concentration of power in the hands of particular ethnic groups have hindered even development of the states.
He lamented that in the past the North was reputed for its production of groundnuts, the East for its, palm oil and the western region for cocoa production have all been abandoned, because of the quest for oil resources coming from the Niger Delta.
The senior citizen, who stated that he was one of the founding fathers of Rivers State, noted that the struggle for the state was not achieve merely by the stroke of the pen but by the genuine efforts of patriotic citizens of the state.
Rev. Soberekon advised Governor Wike to revert to the use of the original Rivers State Coat of Arm, which he stated was in use since the creation of the state in 1967.
He told The Vortex that the Rivers Coat of Arms, which state signifies Equity, Service and Justice, was stopped by the Military administrations in the state.