Rights activist condemns N17bn budget allocation for generators


Godwin Ojo

Jethro Ibileke/Benin

The Executive Director of the Environental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth (ERA/FoEN), Dr. Godwin Ojo, has berated the federal government for earmarking the sum of N17 billion in this year’s budget for the purchase of power generating sets and diesel.

Ojo who made the condemnation on Thursday in Benin, while declaring open a Stakeholders’ Consultative Workshop for the promotion of Renewable Energy Alternative, insisted that the trend must not be allowed to continue in the 2018 budget.

His words: “We wish to state categorically that the Federal government and the level of governance should immediately place a permanent ban on the importation of power generating sets for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the country.

“Instead, they should work with the budget office to include a budget line for research and development of…

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