Written by Emmanuel Ogbeche

Fashola comes of age

Nothing sums up the persona of Babatunde Fashola SAN as what John Steinbeck, the American Nobel Prize winner said in the book, East of Eden.
For long, Fashola as governor of Lagos state seems to have all the answers to Nigeria’s energy crisis. He pummeled the Goodluck Jonathan administration for being unable to provide constant power supply.
To him, six months was all he needed to fix the power palaver. So when President Muhammadu Buhari gave him the opportunity late 2015 to head the power ministry, Nigerians heaved a sigh of relief that the miracle worker has come.
More than the six months time frame he boasted of, Fashola has floundered and continues to wobble.
Speaking recently to industrialists and business owners in Lagos, Fashola seems to have found reason enough that time is a critical factor in the energy business.
Hear him; “The context, therefore, is, between 1950 and 2013 what did we achieve in power? What is reasonable to expect within three years of privatization and one year of a new government in respect of a problem that could not be solved in 63 years?”
So, Fashola expected Jonathan to fix the energy problem of 62 years as at then in four years?
It is in this regard that Steinbeck’s take finds relevance: “When a child first catches adults out -- when it first walks into his grave little head that adults do not always have divine intelligence, that their judgments are not always wise, their thinking true, their sentences just -- his world falls into panic desolation. The gods are fallen and all safety gone. And there is one sure thing about the fall of gods: they do not fall a little; they crash and shatter or sink deeply into green muck. It is a tedious job to build them up again; they never quite shine. And the child's world is never quite whole again. It is an aching kind of growing.” 


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