The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has decried poor power supply situatiion of the country. This is even after the sector had gulped N2.74 trillion from 1999 to 2015.
Speaking at the stakeholders interactive dialogue and workshop on the Nigerian Power Sector in Abuja yesterday, the speaker asserted that the hurdles faced by the sector call for collective efforts.
According to Dogara, the reason why the National Assembly organised the worshop was in order to change the epileptic power condition of the country. The workshop, which held at Transcorp Hilton was organised for power sector specialists and other stakeholders to engage in holistic diagnosis of the challenges hindering the growth of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) and proffer practical solutions.
He said, “The myriad issues were apparently exacerbated by inadequate funding, poor energy mix, fuel supply issues, flawed regulatory framework and commercial issues among others. There is therefore a need for concerted efforts by all stakeholders to address these myriad problems,” he stated.
He made a point that the diagnosis includes but is not limited to a critical review of the existing legislations and regulatory framework guiding the Nigerian power sector to determine if there is a requirement for amendments or enactment of new laws that will stir the sector to deliver the required results.
He urged the members in attendance to concentrate on finding solutions that would drive the repositioning of the power sector for effective delivery to Nigerians.