Lagos — The House of Representatives has begun investigations into activities of the power sector.
The probe which started on Wednesday is aimed at repositioning the sector for better service delivery.
Organised by an ad hoc committee of the House, the investigation is chaired by the Majority Leader of the House, Rep. Ado Doguwa (APC-Kano).
The Speaker of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabimila said it was no longer news that in spite of huge investments in the power sector, little progress might have been made.
Represented by the Deputy Speaker, Rep. Ahmed Wase (APC-Plateau), Gbajabimila said it was becoming increasingly worrisome that successive governments had been unable to fix the issue of power in our country.
“With the current state of electricity supply apparently dampening the hopes of landmark industrialisation and national development.
“At the onset of the 9th House of Representatives, we proposed a legislative agenda that sought to initiate comprehensive review of all legislations relating to the power sector.
“Today’s activity is an attempt to walk the walk; this investigative hearing is the premise upon which the House of Representatives shall amass adequate information to guide us in causing the required and appropriate legislative intervention in the power sector,” he said.
Doguwa said the committee had been given the mandate to kick start activities relating to the investigation and review of activities of the power sector, adding that the power sector is critical to national industrialization and development.
He explained that the greatest issue bedeviling the sector after the unbundling of the defunct National Electric Power Authority is the inability to effectively transmit and distribute electricity supply across the country.
“The sector is also confronted with the issue of liquidity; with the Gas Suppliers claiming billions of Naira being owed them.
“Another major challenge is the fact that the tariffs are not cost reflective; it is in fact, becoming clearer from a layman’s perspective that the DISCOs and transmission agents must do more if we anticipate any form of improved electricity supply in the country.
“The inability of some of these institutions to meet the covenant obligations they entered into at the time of privatisation has reduced the capacity to enable reliable and quality electricity supply for both domestic and commercial use.
“Sadly, it appears to the common man that there is hike in electric tariff without corresponding increase in quantity and quality of electricity supply. This is indeed the crux of the matter under the mandate of this ad hoc committee,” he said.