The House of Representatives Thursday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in the power sector.
It mandated its Committee on Power to urgently call for a public hearing on the current state of electricity generation, transmission and distribution; to evaluate the real problems and come up with ideas on how to expand the country’s energy sources beyond hydro and gas plants, to include coal, solar and other renewable sources of energy.
The House also directed the Committee on Power to exercise their over-sight powers by visiting NERC and other relevant agencies under the Ministry of Power, with a view to ensuring absolute compliance with all the provisions of the existing Acts.
It further directed the House Committees on Power and Legislative Compliance to ensure prompt implementation of the motion and report back to the House within six weeks for further legislative action.
These resolutions were reached after the House at plenary adopted a motion on: Urgent need to Declare State of Emergency in the Power Sector, sponsored by Nnolim Nnaji (PDP, Enugu).
Presenting the motion, Nnaji said the House noted that in 1972, the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) was created to generate and distribute electricity in the country and as at year 2000, the generating capacity of NEPA from 4 thermal and 2 hydro plants was 6,200 MW which resulted in very unstable power situation thus exposing consumers to regular power cuts and long period of outages.
According to him, the House further noted that “in 2001, the Federal Government commenced the reform of electricity sector with a policy to create an efficient electricity market in preparation to the transfer of ownership and management of the infrastructure and assets of the electricity industry to the private sector.