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Nigerian Senate Probes Former Presidents Obasanjo, Jonathan’s Power Sector Spendings



The Senate on Thursday set up a 13-member ad-hoc committee to carry out a comprehensive investigation into the management of funds so far appropriated for the power sector since 1999.

The committee’s work will cover the funding of the power sector under former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan’s administrations.

The Committee, headed by Senator Abubakar Kyari, was also given the task to probe the unbundling of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria by the Federal Government.

The Upper Chamber took the decision while passing a motion sponsored by the Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, seeking the immediate reconnection of some parts of Borno State back to the National grid in view of the challenges the blackout was having on his constituents.

The senate urged the federal government to complete the Mambilla Power Project with the aim of improving the state of electricity supply in the country.

It also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Transmission Company Of Nigeria to immediately reconnect Maiduguri back to the national grid.

It also directed the committee to conclude its investigations and report to the Chamber within two weeks.

The Senators, while contributing to the debate, also condemned in strong terms, the inability of the TCN to provide continuous and uninterrupted power supply to all parts of the country.

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