The House of Representatives Committee on Power is holding an investigative hearing on the activities of some stakeholders in the sector.
The session, which is ongoing at the National Assembly complex in Abuja, is presided over by the Committee Chairman, Mr Dan Asuquo.
Other lawmakers, including the Chief Whip of the House, Alhassan Doguwa, as well as Darlington Nowkocha from Abia and Edward Pojok from Plateau states are present.
While the Minister of Power, Mr Babatunde Fashola, and officials from the ministry are absent, officials of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and some electricity distribution companies attended the session.
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The House of Representatives Committee on Power recently engaged customers at the Kano Electricity Distribution company, Kano on issues affecting quality services to Nigerians.
Customers while commending the distribution company also had a handful of challenges from metering, unwarranted bills and erratic power supply.
One of the customers on the issue of billing noted that “people with meters are the people that are paying much more than those without meters, a lot of the people that are without meters are enjoying free light so that is why there is a need for them to have statistics of the people that they are supplying electricity”.
The Managing Director of Kano Electricity Distribution Company reiterated the company’s commitment to ensuring that customer satisfaction is key while responding to the metering issue.
“We take their complaint very seriously, the issues that were raised in terms of metering and overbilling) quality of supply, we will definitely address because some of these issues are not just confined to us but they are TCN related, it is a value chain, I can assure you that we would as I have told the House Committee on Power, they want to hear their complaints.
“I told them the meters are free, nobody should pay a kobo for meters or queue, we have close to 70,000 out target and we have gotten another 100.
Dan Asuquo the chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Power said they are responsible to make sure there is harmonious relationship and confidence building between the consumers and operators.
“Estimated billing and infrastructural decay within the networks of distribution companies that amount to bad service and exploitation of Nigerians which Nigerians are complaining about as representative of Nigerian people, we are here to resolve and see it firsthand to be able to create a harmonious relationship and confidence building between the consumer and operators”.
A total of 2 billion dollars is expected to be contributed by development partners by 2018 for the development of Nigeria’s power sector.
The Country Representative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, UNIDO, Dr. Patrick Kormawa, who announced the pledge in Abuja, said that the gesture is aimed at improving generation, distribution and transmission of electricity.
The UNIDO Country Representative said that the 2 billion dollars is expected to be given as grant to ensure efficient power supply in the country, as increased financial support for the sector was necessary.
Dr Kormawa also pledged continuous support for other sectors of the economy begging for urgent attention.
Major players in the power sector and members of civil society organisations converged on Abuja to brainstorm on how to maintain sustainable service delivery in the post privatisation era.
The Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo, explained that shortage of gas supply, vandalism and fragile transmission grids are some of the hiccups the Federal Government has to contend with, in spite of the financial commitment by development partners.
However, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Power, Patrick Ikhariale, warned against fraudulent practices by the investors to ensure that Nigerians enjoy services provided by the succeeding generation and distribution companies.