House committee recommends continuity in power sector

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja.

The Nigerian House of Representatives’ Committee on Power has  recommended given more priority to completion of the existing power projects for the overall development of the nation.

The chairman of the committee, Daniel Effiong made the recommendation in an interactive session with officials of the Ministry of Power and its parastatals, as parts the on-going 2016 Budget defence at the National Assembly Complex.

Mr. Effiong stressed that projects such as Operation Light Up Nigeria, launched in 2014, should be given priority to provide the power need of especially the rural communities across the country.

Mr. Effiong also decried the inclusion of fund allocations to power distribution, despite the fact that the distribution aspect of the power value chain had been privatized.

The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Power, Mr. Louis Edozien explained that the ministry was trying to ensure adequate power supply to the local communities.

Other agencies of the ministry that attended the interactive session are the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, and its Managing Contracting Company, Manitoba.

The Federal Government, in 2014, inaugurated the special power initiative tagged “Light Up Nigeria” aimed at providing renewable electricity to all parts of Nigeria.

Operation “Light-Up Rural Nigeria”, which was launched  in Durumi community, Bwari Area Council of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital  was  to ensure constant power supply to Nigerians.

The project is aimed at using renewable energy to get electricity across to rural communities in all the 36 states of the federation, especially communities not connected to the national grid.

Investigative Hearing

Similarly, the Investigative Hearing by the House Committee on Transport, on the railway contracts awarded between 2010 and 2015, continued on Wednesday.

On the other hand, the Budget Defence by the House Committee on Aviation was suspended indefinitely, following a helicopter crash in Lagos.

A helicopter belonging to Bristow Group crashed into the ocean on Wednesday while heading to Lagos from Port Harcourt, but it has been confirmed that no one died in the incident.

The Accident Investigative Bureau (AIB) said there were nine passengers and two crew members on board the aircraft when the accident occurred.