The role of states and local governments in effecting positive changes to the power sector can not be over emphasized as both tiers of government are relatively closer to the common populace compared to the federal government and hence, they could serve as channels in implementing certain reforms. The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, made this obvious remark, when he called on states and local governments across the country to partner and support the Federal Government on the implementation of the Power Sector Recovery Programme (PSRP).
The Minister noted that PRSP, which was curved out of the Power Sector Reform Act of 2005, are set of policies, programmes and actions aimed at solving generation, transmission, distribution, liquidity, metering, estimated billing, energy theft, safety and other myriad of problems associated with the sector.
The minister’s call was contained in a statement signed by the Ministry’s Deputy Director of Press, Etore Thomas, which was made available to newsmen in Abuja. According to the statement, Fashola made the call at the opening ceremony of the 3rd National Council on Power (NACOP) with the theme: “Completing Power Sector Reforms” which took place in Jos, Plateau State.
The Minister also urged states and local governments as a matter of priority insist that their buildings are metered so they can budget and pay for the energy consumed.
“It will turn out to be cheaper than diesel generated power,” he noted.
He also encouraged states and local governments’ to set up small teams with audit capacity to verify debt owned by DISCOs and develop payment plan, which can then be budgeted for.
Chairman Senate Committee on Power, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and the House Committee Chairman on Power, Prince Daniel Asuquo, in their remarks, pledged the unalloyed support of the National Assembly to the PSRP and will do all that needs to be done to move the sector forward, stressing that the best way is to work according to law.
Fashola also disclosed that the theme of the Conference provided opportunity to share with state representatives and other power stakeholders what the PSRP is all about and on how to successfully implement it.