The House of Representatives has called on the President, Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on the power sector.
The call followed the unanimous adoption of a motion on the power sector at the plenary today. A member, Nnolim Nnaji, had moved the motion titled ‘Urgent Need to Declare State of Emergency on the Power Sector’. Adopting the motion, the House urged the President to declare a state of emergency on the power sector.
The House also mandated the 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 the country can expand its energy sources beyond hydro and gas plants to include coal, solar and other renewable sources of energy.
The lawmakers further directed the House Committee on Power to exercise its oversight powers by visiting the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission and other relevant agencies under the Ministry of Power “with a view to ensuring absolute compliance with all the provisions of the existing Acts”.
In addition, the House of Representatives directed the Committees on Power and on Legislative Compliance to ensure prompt implementation of the motion and report back within six weeks for further legislative actions.
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