Despite claims by the Federal Government that it had increased generative capacity in the Power sector from 2,800 megawatts to over 4,000 megawatts only about 40 million out of 160 million Nigerians have access to electricity.
Equally disturbing is the fact that no budgetary allocation was made this year for routine maintenance of power installations across the country.
These revelations coming out of the briefing after Wednesday's Federal Executive Council coincide with Minister of Niger Delta Godsday Orubebe's assertion that work on the controversial East West road had reached 53 percent completion.
The progress in the Power sector has been the talking point of Ministers of government in recent weeks.
Despite this, statistics which slipped out as the two Ministers overseeing the Power Ministry answered questions paint a different picture.
It starts with Minister of State for Power Zainab Kuchi. Saying only 40million Nigerian Nigerians have access to electricity despite the giant strides made in the sector.
Then the Minister of Power Chinedu Nebo admits that responding to incidents that have disrupted Power supply has been difficult because no budgetary allocation was made this year for routine maintenance of power installations across the country.
Professor Nebo also redefined his earlier assertion that evil forces were behind some of the woes in the Power sector.
Nevertheless, progress in the power sector remains on course with power generation capacity expected to hit 10,000 megawatts by December, this year.
On the day, Minister of Niger Delta Godsday Orubebe says work on the East West road had reached 53 percent completion and insists that quality of work on the road was up to standard.
The Niger Delta Minister says part of the success of his Ministry lies in negotiations with Militants which had brought the spate of kidnapping and vandalism in the region to an all time low.