National Assembly to support power sector initiatives

Edwin Akwueh, Abuja

President of the Nigerian Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has pledged the National Assembly’s readiness to support and drive every pragmatic initiative that is expected to boost significantly, the nation’s power sector.

Senator Saraki who gave this assurance in his speech at the opening of a two-day stakeholders  interactive dialogue/workshop on the Nigerian power sector organised by the National Assembly in Abuja, said the legislature will continue to craft the right legislative instruments that will help deliver a new and more reliable power sector for the country.

The Senate President who is also the Chairman of the National Assembly, said even though opportunities for both the Legislature and Executive to come together to forge a solution to the nation’s perennial power problem have been wasted in the past, it is time to find solutions and no longer for blame game.

“I am very delighted that we are gathered together today to seek a solution to, perhaps, the most significant challenge to our quest for economic development; the issue of providing adequate power for our economy,” The Nigerian power sector in spite of the enormous resources committed to it within the last 14 years has remained in a perilous state, delivering very disappointing results,” Saraki said.

“Today, we are on the verge of a total systemic breakdown and I see this as an opportunity to stop this train from derailing completely. Opportunities for both the Legislature and Executive to come together to forge a solution to this perennial problem have been wasted in the past. We cannot afford to waste the opportunity we have now.

 

“We owe it to the people who have entrusted us with the privilege of working out solutions to their problems by electing us to our various offices that we are hard on our heels to bring them solutions not complaints. Wherever you go in the country nothing represents the failure of government and leadership in the mind of Nigerian like the epileptic power situation in the country. Fixing it is at the highest priority list of our people.

In other words, our people are demanding that we do all that is in our power to reverse this long and unenviable power sector blight. We must get it right. The first step is this forum.

“This National Assembly is fully ready to support and drive every actionable initiative that is expected out of this interactive session to boost the power sector significantly. We will be relying heavily on your wisdom and inputs, to craft the right legislative initiatives that will help us deliver a new and more reliable Nigerian power sector for the Nigerian economy.”

Sincere Commitment

Acknowledging the need for sacrifice on the part of all Nigerians to tackle the power challenge, Senator Saraki said the government on its part must be sincerely committed to providing the right environment and fulfil its part of the deal without equivocation.

“Unless all players speak frankly, open-mindedly and honestly we will not get the right solutions,” he submitted.

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