Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has encouraged Nigerians to take bribes when offered by politicians ahead of the general elections.
Fashola made this controversial remark on Sunday during his neighbourhood consultations/campaign for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 in Surulere local government area of Lagos.
“They would want to bribe you, if they bring the money collect it because it is your money that they stashed away, but, don’t sell your conscience.
“You must make a sensible choice in the interest of yourselves and your children,” he said.
Fashola revealed some of the achievements of Mr Buhari, especially in the power sector.
“Discos have the contract to supply meters and we hear the concerns of citizens now saying that they want meters because their bills are going up.
“So the President and the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the proposal for us supported by the law, the Electric Power Sector Reform, with that, we can license new operators within a licensed area.
“So this time, we are going to create new businesses for meter suppliers under a Meter Asset Provider (MAP) scheme. That policy has been approved.
“Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has made the regulations around which it will work; 108 companies, small businesses that will also create employment because those companies are now going to be the suppliers of meters.
“They are going to employ people to install the meters, they are going to buy meters, they are going to make meters,’’ he said.