- The poor power supply in the country recently has gotten the attention of the House of Reps Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila
- A viral video by Nollywood actress, Ada Ameh further agitated Nigerians who were witnessing the same issue
- Ameh had protested the poor electricity supply to Nigerians during the ongoing lockdown
The Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Wednesday, March 1 met with the minister of power, Mr Sale Mamman and the management of the National Electricity Regulatory Commission over a viral video by Nollywood actress, Ada Ameh.
Ameh had in the viral video protested the poor electricity supply to Nigerians during the ongoing lockdown in major parts of the country to prevent the spread of COVID-1
With the speaker at the meeting was some principal officers of the lower house.
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While NERC was represented by its commissioner on compliance, Dafe Akpeneye, those that joined the meeting via virtual connection were finance minister, Zainab Ahmed; Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Godwin Emefiele; and the Group Managing Director (GMD) of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr Mele Kyari.
On his part, minister of power, Mamman, highlighted the challenges encountered by power generating companies (GENCOs) and the possible intervention of the leadership of the House of Representatives.
The stakeholders, however, agreed to reconvene in the next few days to find lasting solutions to the challenges in the sector beyond the lockdown period.
Meanwhile, Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday, March 31 commended Lagosians for compliance on the first day of the stay-at-home directive.
The governor said the compliance indicates that Lagosians understand the enormity of the coronavirus pandemic.
He reminded residents of the state that the lockdown directive is a strategy to avoid community spread of the virus.
In a related development, a former lawmaker has called on the federal government to release inmates who have committed a petty offence and serving at the Nigerian Correctional Centres across the country.
Danlami Kurfi, a former lawmaker who represented Dutsinma/Kurfi federal constituency at the 8th House of Representatives said those who have cases that can be referred to as "small offences" should be released due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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