Lagos lawmakers storm electricity companies over darkness, issue warning
- Members of the Lagos House of Assembly are not happy with the electricity distribution to residents of the state
- A joint committee of the House visited some distribution companies in the state to present the feelings of the residents
- The lawmakers believe that the electricity companies will change from their usual ways
The Lagos House of Assembly, on Wednesday, April 29. stormed some electricity companies in the state with a view to ensuring regular power supply to consumers.
The lawmakers advised the power distribution companies to be more humane in the discharge of their duties adding that residents of the state must enjoy regular power supply, especially at this period when they are forced to stay home as a result of COVI-19.
The joint committee (energy and mineral resources and information, security and strategy) of the House created by Speaker Mudashiru Obasa visited the EKO and Ikeja electricity distribution companies as part of its oversight functions.
While the energy and mineral resources committee is chaired by Folajimi Mohammed, the information committee is headed by Tunde Braimoh.
Mohammed told the respective companies that the people of the state deserved better power supply.
He said residents of the state were experiencing discomfort and this necessitated the visit to the power companies to find out the reason behind the poor electricity situation.
He said the companies had admitted their flaws.
"However, what we have asked that they do is to give us a road map as to how they want to ensure they would have more effective distribution to the people.
"The orientation to the people and also the relationship with the members of the Lagos state House of Assembly need be emphasised as they are representatives of the people and would be able to communicate to the constituents at home as to development.
"I am glad that Ikeja DISCO has honoured that request saying that they would appoint people who would directly relate with us at the House of Assembly for onward transfer to our constituents," he said.
Speaking during the visit, Braimoh noted that electricity is a basic requirement and major part of the yearnings of the people of the state.
He added that the lawmakers had received series of complaints about poor supply, excessive billings and outright disconnections.
"That's why we are out here to interact with the managing director of EKODISCO and we have had a very useful discussion with him. I just need to appeal to our people to understand them because they too have a lot of limitations," he said after the meeting which was also attended by the commissioner for energy and mineral resources, Olalere Odusote.
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Odusote promised that the government would continue to work with the electricity companies for adequate power to the people.
The managing director and of EKODISCO, Adeoye Fadeyibi, noted that estimated billings is the result of pressure from the system.
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He, however, said the company had distributed metres to many homes.
Legit.ng earlier reported that in a bid to bring ease to Nigerians amid coronavirus lockdown, the federal government said it had approved the payment of N200 billion to improve gas supply to the power Generation Companies (GenCos).
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