Senate Begins Oversight Of 215-Megawatt Kaduna Power Plant, Others
Nigeria needs a lot of things to change for the nation to move forward, and one of such things is ensuring that funds allocated to a project are judiciously used and that there are no inconsistencies in contract implementation.
This is why the Senate will on Monday begin on-the-spot assessment of the 215-Megawatt Kaduna Power Plant and other gas facilities across Nigeria.
The Senate Joint Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy, and Gas will commence on the on-the-spot assessment.
Senator Bassey Akpan, who is the Co-Chairman of the joint committee and Chairman, Senate on Gas, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja that the Kaduna plant oversight was part of the committee’s investigation into alleged inconsistencies in contract implementation of the facility and its failure to generate electricity.
Similar oversight would be conducted in other gas plants across the country to ascertain their functionality.
“We are doing on-the-spot assessment of the plant on Monday and we will also be visiting every other gas-producing facility across the country, next week.
“The revelations we have are quite disheartening. By the time we are done and we do our final report, it will be an eye-opener on the rot in the power sector.
“The minister will definitely appear before us because he is not bigger than the Senate.
“We will give another date by the time we are done with the site visits,’’ he said.
Akpan also highlighted that the committee would see to the end of the investigation.
“If we must move forward as a country we must do the right thing," he stressed.
The joint committee had, at its investigative hearing on November 27, ordered suspension of the planned commissioning of the 215-Megawatt Kaduna Power Plant over inconsistencies in contract implementation, pending conclusion of its investigation.
The committee had expressed dissatisfaction with reasons given by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Mr Louis Edozie, who defended change of parameters of the plant from gas-powered to diesel-powered plant.
It expressed reservation with the rationale behind converting the plant from gas-powered to diesel, which was more expensive.
The committee also expressed displeasure with the discrepancies in contract figures presented by the Ministry of Power and the consultant handling the project.
On June 15, 2017, the Senate mandated the joint committee to investigate the Kaduna 215-Megawatt Power Plant’s failure to generate electricity.
The project was approved in 2009 with an expected completion date of 2012.