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Power Outage Ends Power Probe

•Investors Lose N20bn Monthly


It was a day of power tussle yesterday, as intermittent power failure forced the ongoing investigative hearing session on the nation’s power sector by the Senate Ad hoc Committee on Power to a premature end.

The UNION reports that the session, which commenced around 11:30 a.m., experienced power disruption for eight different times, forcing the Committee the resort to the usage of recharge lamps and camera lights as it struggled to make progress during the session. Following the disruptions, each of which lasted between 10 to 15 minutes, the session was forced into an abrupt end by 4 p.m.

It all started around 2 p.m. when the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, Ambassador Godknows Igali, was making a submission on behalf of the various electricity companies.

Apart from Igali, other critical stakeholders of the sector, who were caught in the power out- age disappointment, while making their presentations, were the Director-General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr. Benjamin Ezreal Dikki; Chairman, National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Dr. Sam Amadi, and some of the managing directors of elec- tricity distribution companies (Discos).

Even the Chairman of the Committee, Abubakar Kyari from Borno State, was not spared, as he was also interrupted by one of the series of power outages, while commenting on issues raised by some of the stakeholders.

Worried by the ugly development, Kyari, after the session, told journalists that the Committee, would investigate what led to the power outages during the session . “The power outages experienced here today further underscores the relevance of this Committee at this critical time; but we shall investigate whether they are deliberate or not,” he said.

He added that the public hearing proper on the sector will hold in due course. Earlier, investors in the sector in their various submissions lamented that they are running the sector at great loses on monthly basis due myriad of factors. The Managing Director of Enugu Distribution Company, Mr. Robert Dickerman, who spoke on behalf of all the distri- bution companies (Discos), said that the entire industry is being run by them at a deficit of N20 billion per month.


– Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja


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