Chairman, Senate Committee on Power and Metallurgy, Senator Philip Aduda, has expressed dismay over the epileptic power supply in the country.
He lamented that despite the completion of the privatisation of the power sector since 2013, Nigerians had continued to complain about incessant outage.
Aduda stated this on Monday while briefing journalists on the two – day assessment tour of the sites of some electricity distribution companies within the Federal Capital Territory, as part of the oversight functions of his committee, last week.
He noted that Nigerians had anticipated substantial power supply in the country or at least, a certain level of improvement in supply since the privatisation process was concluded.
He said, “All what Nigerians want to see is substantial power supply. I am no longer comfortable with the situation of power outage in the country, that is why we decided as a committee, to embark on a two-day over sight functions that will enable us to see things for ourselves”
At the office of Kann Electric Distribution Company, Aduda said he told the Chief Executive Officer of the firm, Mr. Neil Croucher, that he was there to see facilities put in place that would ensure service delivery to Nigerians and to ensure that government’s 40 per cent equity was being properly maintained.
He said, “This is paramount because we can only talk of industrialisation when there is adequate power supply.”
The senator stated that the Federal Government had done well by ensuring that the privatisation process was successful, “hence we expect nothing less than adequate power supply in the country.”
He pledged that his committee would not relent in its oversight function until the situation would have been completely brought under control.
Aduda said the handlers of the Kwukwu-aba transmitting station had assured the government that the facility would improve on and stabilise power supply in Abuja not later than June 30.
He, however, said the gesture was not limited to Abuja, but all over the country with various distribution companies working very hard in order to ensure steady power supply in the country.