Poor Power Supply: Lawmakers Want Privatisation Reviewed
Poor power supply and need for improvement were the major reasons the Nigerian government sold its stake in the Power Holding Corporation of Nigeria (PHCN) some years back.
But, the nation’s power issues seem to have become worse even after the privatisation.
Still rationing less than 5,000 megawatts for millions of households, very few homes can boast of over 12 hours light per day.
Power issue was a major topic raised at plenary in the Niger State House of Assembly and lawmakers want the Federal Government to revisit the sale and privatisation of the PHCN.
They want the Federal Government to revoke the sales, take it over and resell it to the state government.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the lawmakers demand followed a motion by Mr Malik Bosso, representing Bosso Constituency, under matters of urgent public importance.
The power sector was privatised by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Bosso said the move had become necessary in view of what he called the negligence and the carelessness of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC).
According to him, lives and property have been lost to fire or electrocution caused by high voltage in the state in recent times.
“A month ago, due to high voltage electricity by AEDC at Randan Ruwa and its environs, many houses were burnt and property worth millions of naira were lost.
“Another incident occurred last Saturday at Anguwar Biri and this time, 3 lives were lost and houses were burnt.
“All these occurrences are as a result of negligence of AEDC in providing the required quality services to the consumers. Almost all the transformers in many areas are old and obsolete.
“The present government of APC which is for change should be concerned and note that these people have no technical capacity to run this sector and therefore, there is need to review the privatization in line with the expectations of Nigerians,” he stressed.
Also contributing, Mr Abdullahi Mamagi, representing Gbako, decried high electricity tariff slammed on consumers without commensurate electricity supply.
The members also resolved that AEDC should be made to pay compensation to the relatives of the deceased and property lost.
After deliberations, the Speaker, Ahmed Marafa, directed the clerk of the House to communicate the resolution to the Executive arm of government.