Senate laments N30m monthly payment to power firms

Senate laments N30m monthly payment to power firms

- The Senate has lamented the money being paid to power firms

- According to the Senate, the FG should not have signed such agreement with them

- Specifically, the Senate claimed it is paying for what was not used

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The Senate on Wednesday, July 22, called for a review of the Share Purchase Agreement (SPA) between the federal government and Azura Power Plant.

According to the Senate, the agreement was a drain on the nation’s resources.

The Senate passed the resolution after adopting the recommendations of the Senate Committee on Power on “Addressing Nigeria’s Power Problems”.

The recommendations were presented by chairman of the committee, Sen. Gabriel Suswam during plenary.

Suswam said that the agreement between the federal government and Azura power plant signed between 2016 and 2017 shouldn’t have been signed by the government.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that as Nigerians continue to groan over epileptic power supply the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, has declared that citizens of the country are willing to pay for electricity.

He said this is, however, dependant on the quality of services they receive from the distribution companies.

Legit.ng had also reported that following the rising insecurity in Nigeria the Senate on Tuesday, July 21, asked the country’s service chiefs to step aside without any further delay.

Legit.ng reports that the resolution followed a motion by Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno), who expressed worry over the reported voluntary retirement of over 200 army officers.

The red chamber also asked its joint committee on security to find out why the officers were deserting the service.

In reaction to Ndume's motion, senators called for the dismissal of the service chiefs during plenary.

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The Senate also resolved that the top hierarchy of the military should brief its relevant committees on the factors militating against its operations to find a way forward.

Ndume said it is worrying that soldiers were ambushed recently in Katsina with several of them killed as well as allegations of unprecedented voluntary retirement of over 200 soldiers.

He said if this trend continues, it would have dire consequences on the country.

Despite his concerns about the security situation, Senator Ndume did not call for the dismissal of the service chiefs.

The call for their dismissal was an additional prayer to his motion in the course of deliberations.

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Source: Legit.ng

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