Osinbajo, Gbajabiamila discuss how to provide electricity palliative for Nigerians
By Steve Mogbo
1 week ago
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- Reps speaker, Gbajabiamila and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo hold a meeting to discuss the possibility of providing electricity palliative for Nigerians
- Gbajabiamila disclosed that the meeting held on Tuesday, May 19
- The speaker expressed the hope that the goal of the meeting will be released
The speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has held a meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to discuss the possibility of providing electricity palliative for Nigerians.
Gbajabiamila disclosed that the meeting held on Tuesday, May 19.
The speaker said he had a robust discussion with the vice president on about the proposal of the House of Representatives to make electricity as a palliative for Nigerians amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
The House leader stated that several possibilities and options were discussed regarding the issue and expressed the hope that the goal of the meeting will be realized.
"Yesterday I met @ProfOsinbajo who is also the Chairman,Post COVID Economic team on the proposal of @HouseNGR to address electricity as a palliative for Nigerians.We had a robust discussion and several possibilities and options were discussed.I am hopeful that we are almost there," he said
Meanwhile, the Nigerian government has issued clarifications regarding those who may benefit from the proposed two-month free power supply which is part of the efforts to cushion the effects of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
The House of Representatives on Thursday, April 16, and other stakeholders in the power sector agreed to establish a joint committee to determine the vulnerable Nigerians who should enjoy the bill waiver.
The speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, who was quoted in a statement by his special adviser on media and publicity, Lanre Lasisi, said the joint panel’s mandate is to work out modalities for the proposed two-month free power supply, Daily Trust reports.
He added that the committee will identify Nigerians that will benefit from the free power supply using the number of households connected to the national grid.
Gbajabiamila said the essence of the meeting was to proffer means of alleviating the socio-economic effects of COVID-19 on Nigerians during and after the crisis through the supply of power.
The speaker noted that his previous engagements with some critical power sector stakeholders were very encouraging.
In another report, the Nigerian Senate has called on the federal ministry of power to halt the planned electricity tariff increase which is expected to commence in July 2020.
The upper chamber during plenary on Tuesday, May 19, pointed out that the planned increase will compound the hardship Nigerians are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Vanguard reports.
During a debate on a motion titled, power sector recovery plan and the impact of COVID- 19 pandemic, the Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, said that it is disappointing that power supply in the country is poor despite the huge sums of money spent so far on the sector.
He said the Senate will investigate the huge sums of money spent so far to improve the power sector without adequate results.
Legit.ng recalls that Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) had advised Nigerians to be prepared to pay more for electricity in order to ensure regular power supply in the country.
Usman Mohammed, the managing director of TCN, made the statement on Friday, February 21, in Lagos during the groundbreaking for the replacement of old wires on the Ikeja West-Alimosho-Ogba-Alausa-Ota Transmission Lines.
He said paying more for electricity was the only way the power supply issues in the country would improve.
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