Reps accuse DISCOs of frustrating FG’s power project plans
• to summon DISCOs, GENCOs over non-installation of Transformers
The House of Representatives on Tuesday unveiled plans to investigate the activities of Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) for failing to install and energize transformers acquired by National Assembly members for various communities across the country.
The resolution was passed sequel to the adoption of a motion sponsored by Hon. Mohammed Bio, who stressed the need to address the power outage in Baruten/Kaiama Federal Constituency of Kwara State occasioned by non-powering/connection of Transformers by the DISCOs.
The lawmakers who expressed displeasure over the development accused the DISCOs of frustrating the Federal Government’s good intention towards developing/connecting all parts of the country to the national grid.
While calling for the House intervention, Hon. Bio frowned at the DISCOs lackadaisical attitude toward the installation of the transformers procured for the federal constituencies across the country, thereby frustrating ongoing efforts by National Assembly members to alleviate the sufferings of the Electorates.
“The House notes that one of the reasons for electing lawmakers into the National Assembly is to provide adequate representation for their Constituents which include the facilitation of projects that are beneficial to their Constituents.
“The House is aware that Members of the National Assembly have facilitated different types of projects including Transformers to provide electricity supply as part of their constituency development programmes, but that has become a herculean task for the DISCOs to connect the Transformers thus leaving some of them abandoned, unused, depreciated, thereby questioning the good intentions of the Federal Government at developing/connecting all parts of the country to the national grid.
“A good example is Ilesha Baruba, Gwanara, Gure in Baruten Local Government Area and Tungan Atiku, Tungan-Maje town in Kaiama Local Government Areas of Kwara State.
“The House is cognizant that if this challenge is not addressed urgently by the appropriate authorities, it will make people lose confidence in the government of the day,” he noted.
On his part, Hon. Ben Igbakpa who proposed an amendment for the House committee on power to engage all the electricity distribution companies to ascertain why these transformers are not being powered nationwide?
While condemning in strong terms the attitudes/activities of Agencies, Companies and Parastatals that are frustrating the delivery of dividends (such as the acts of the DISCOs of democracy to the citizenry, the House urged the Minister of Power to direct the DISCOS to immediately connect and energize the Transformers facilitated by the Lawmakers to save the citizens from perpetual darkness.
To this end, the House mandated its joint Committees on Power and Legislative Compliance to ensure implementation.
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