Reps panel blames minister for persistent national grid collapse
The House of Representatives has blamed Minister of State for Power, Jedy Agba, for the consistent collapse of the national grid, saying the development had resulted in the closure of several businesses.
It particularly faulted his relationship with key players in the sector, which the lawmakers noted, was encouraging the lingering outage nationwide.
Chairman of the House Committee on Power, Magaji Aliyu, at an investigative hearing on recurring national grid collapse in Abuja, explained that the parley was to find lasting solutions to energy problems in the country.
He re-echoed that the infrastructure development of any nation depends on steady power, hence the resolve of the Green Chamber to end the power crisis in the country.
A member of the committee, Blessing Onu, told the minister to live up to his responsibility by ensuring that Nigerians have a stable power supply.
Executive secretary, of power generating companies, Joel Ogaji, told the legislators that were it not for the organisation, the power sector would have long shut down as the national grid is managed by machines of the generating companies.
Ogaji warned that if the Federal Government does not put the relevant players to task, the issue of a power failure would continue constituting impediments to infrastructure development in Nigeria.
The lawmakers equally expressed worry that the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) does not remit funds to government even when it is funded.
This, according to them, remains a worrisome issue, which might be a contributory factor to the problem at hand.
The committee, therefore, urged the minister to play along with professionals to restore power and revive ailing businesses in the country.