- The Senate committee on power has raised concerns over the lack of funding in the power sector
- Senator Danjuma Goje said the realities on the ground implies that steady electricity supply in Nigeria is not possible in the near future
- The lawmakers questioned why funds were not made available for capital power projects
Senator Danjuma Goje has said it may take Nigeria about 41 years to achieve steady power supply due to the federal government’s poor funding of the power sector.
The lawmaker made the statement on Monday, October 26, after representatives from the ministry of power disclosed that of the N165b required for capital projects in 2020, only N4b was released by the government.
According to Vanguard, Goje who is a member of the Senate committee on power expressed concern over the inadequate funding for the power sector.
The committee which is headed by Senator Gabriel Suswam wondered why there was no provision in the country’s 2020 budget for the Mambila hydropower project.
The Mambila hydropower project which is expected to begin operations in 2030, will be Nigeria’s biggest power plant, producing approximately 4.7 billion Kwh of electricity a year.
The lawmakers said the inadequate funding of the power sector implies that the hope of steady power supply in Nigeria is dashed.
Meanwhile, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly leadership over the recent hike in electricity tariff and price of fuel.
Legit.ng gathered that the group in a series of tweets on Sunday, October 18, asked the Federal High Court, Abuja to declare the hike in electricity tariff and fuel price illegal and unfair.
According to SERAP, this is because top-level public officers cannot continue to receive the same salaries while asking poor Nigerians to make sacrifices.
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