The reconstitution of the two committees, which are the Presidential Action Committee on Power, PACP, and the Presidential Task Force on Power, followed last week’s resignation of the Minister of Power, Prof. Barth Nnaji.
The committees have the responsibility of overseeing the implementation of the government’s agenda for power sector reforms.
Under the new arrangement, Jonathan will retain the chairmanship of PACP, which was established in June 2010 to provide leadership and guidance for the rapid development of Nigeria’s power sector and determine the general policy direction and strategic focus of reforms in the sector.
Vice-President Namadi Sambo will serve as the deputy chairman of the committee. Other members shall include the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the Head of Service, Chief of Staff to the President, Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Minister of Labour and Productivity, Minister of Power, Minister of State for Power and Minister of Petroleum Resources.
Other members are Minister of National Planning, Chief Economic Adviser to the President, Special Adviser to the President (Performance Monitoring & Evaluation), Director-General, Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Director-General, Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Chairman of the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Power.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Power will serve as secretary of PACP.
However, Reynold Dagogo-Jack of the National Integrated Power Project, NIPP, will assume the chairmanship of the Presidential Task Force on Power, which has the duty of developing and driving the Federal Government’s action plan for the power sector, as well as articulating a proper plan of action for implementation in the areas of power generation, transmission and distribution.
Members of the recomposed task force include the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power; Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Transmission Company of Nigeria; Managing Director, Niger Delta Power Holding Company; CEO) Nigerian Gas Company and CEO, Geregu Generation Company.
Other members are CEOs of Ughelli Generation Company, Eko Distribution Company, Abuja Distribution Company, Nigeria Bulk Electricity Company, Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria and Mr. Evaristus Mogbo.
The Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Fund, NIAF, which is funded by the UK
Department for International Development, DFID, will serve as consultants to the task force, while a director in the Federal Ministry of Power, designated by the Permanent Secretary, will serve as secretary to the task force.
Jonathan, at a meeting with members of the reconstituted committees at the State House, acknowledged that Nnaji’s resignation had stalled the meeting of the PACP.
He said: “Before this time, in terms of power, we were meeting every two weeks. There were two committees on power but we stopped meeting because the former Minister of Power was the head of the technical team and since he left, we have not been able to meet.
“But Nigerians are happy with government because power is getting steady and I don’t want us to relapse.
“Definitely, immediately the National Assembly comes back, especially the Senate, we will clear the two vacancies that we have. They will be cleared and we will place people accordingly, so that the Minister of Power will come up. But, in the interim, the Minister of State for Power will hold forte.
“But whether the Minister of Power comes or not, we want to reconstitute the two teams because Nigerians will not be happy if we relapse and I believe that as we progress from now till December, if Nigerians can go home in December and do their parties without generators and can drive to their states without gutters on our roads stopping them, I think the rating of government will improve. So we must work hard to get to this level.”
Jonathan also said with the reconstitution of the committees, there would be only one captain in the ship as against what obtained in the past where Nnaji and his Special Adviser on Power were engaged in a power tussle.