Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja
House of Representatives, Thursday, summoned Minister of Power, Babatunde Fashola, the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET), the National Electricity and Regulatory Commission (NERC) and other stakeholders to a hearing to discuss, and proffer solutions to epileptic power supply across the nation.
The resolution of the House was sequel to a motion on urgent matters of public importance entitled “urgent need to address the epileptic electricity supply across the nation” sponsored by Johnson Agbonayinma.
Moving the motion on the floor of the House, the law maker said after years of privatisation of electricity in the country, it had failed to bring positive impact to the Nigerian people.
“What we are seeing today in electricity supplies is comatose. When the Federal Government had the distribution and generation companies light was more constant than what Nigerians are experiencing today, “Agbonayinma said.
He worried that the private sector which inherited over 4,000 megawatts when it was being operated by the Federal Government is at present battling with less than 1,500 megawatts putting the whole country in darkness.
According to him, with the increase in Petrol prices, soaring rise in food items, the non-availability of electricity has further increased the hardship of Nigerians.
The House adopted the motion after it was put to a voice vote by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara.