Infighting, intrigues stalling electricity growth in Nigeria – House of Reps.
Written by crest887fm on August 12, 2021
Members of the House of Representatives have said the infighting among members of the executive arm of government and political intrigues in Nigeria are key issues stalling the growth of the power sector.
Chairman, House Committee on Power, Magaji Aliyu, who led some committee members to the Annual General Meeting/Awards ceremony of the Association of Rural Electrification Contractors of Nigeria, said this while speaking on the side-lines of the event in Abuja.
Aliyu, who spoke on behalf of his team, also stated that findings by the committee had shown that many Nigerians were paying for electricity that they did not consume.
He said, “The power sector is in a big problem because of lack of efficient and dynamic policies. Let me give you an example: today, you will hear that a part of the Ministry of Power has been shifted to another organisation, which I believe is an aberration.
“I’ll give an example, at the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company there is war on where the organisation belongs; is it in power or finance ministry? There is an issue with the Hydropower Development Authority on whether it should be in the Presidency or the power ministry?
Aliyu added, “I believe that there are political machinations not to allow power grow in this country. There are machinations to interfere with the power sector generally. We have multidimensional problems.”
The legislator said the sector was faced with power distribution, generation and transmission problems, stressing that some organisations were created under the power ministry without the knowledge of the minister.