One of the most pervasive fallacies in the Nigerian narrative, is the one that imputes a lack of knowledge on the part of our policy makers as the bane of our development.
It doesn’t gel. It is hard to accept ignorance as the reason why a putatively reformist administration will locate a gas-fed power plant in the federal capital territority, when it is as aware as any of us that there ain’t no gas pipeline leading into Abuja, or planned.
Ignorance too cannot explain why we are currently planning to feed gas to the Alaoji power station (in Aba) over a 25 kilometre stretch, using 12-inch diametre pipelines. Every expert consulted on this is of the opinion that only a 24-inch pipeline can deliver gas to the power station at the requisite pressures. Recall that the contract for this pipeline was awarded outside of the public procurement process.
Ignorance, no! Cynicism? Yes!