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Reps blame poor power supply on Okonjo-Iweala

10 July 2013, 12:02

Abuja - The House of Representatives on Power demanded a public apology from the Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iwela saying she must be held accountable for the ongoing power crisis.

The Committee blamed Okonjo-Iwela, Minister of Finance, for allegedly failing to release funds for power projects.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Power, Patrick Ikheriale, berated the Minister during a stakeholders’ meeting with the Ministry of Power, the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) and Transmission Company of Nigeria among others.

Ikheriale said the House was concerned about the downward trend in power generation and supply.

“What we have witnessed in the last few months is a monumental embarrassment. Nigerians have been suffering irreparable loss during this period. Lives have been lost, and at this point somebody needs to tell Nigerians what happened," he said.

The lawmaker said the committee noted the lapses in the budget implementation, which he added affected the operation of the power sector.

Ikheriale said, “We are very concerned about this development because of the effect on the masses. What we are facing today has an overbearing effect on livelihoods. What we are generating today is a far cry from what is expected."

He was doubtful privatisation targets will be met.

“The privatisation process is half-done. The tentative date, October, may not be realistic. The generation is not matching the expectation.”

 - CAJ News


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