The EFCC has been petitioned by a civil society group, Empowerment for Unemployed Youth Initiative (EUYI), over fraud against Nigeria by General Electric (GE) International and Rockson Engineering Nigeria Ltd. Mr.Solomon Adodo, the National Coordinator, EUYI while speaking in Abuja on Thursday said that the petition was sequel to the investigation by the House of Representatives’ findings by its Ad-hoc committee investigating GE and Rockson Engineering Ltd.
The findings revealed that the group was pained at the deafening silence accorded the reports of the investigation into the huge sums spent on power generation, transmission and distribution between 1999 and 2007 without commensurate result. He said that more disturbing was that most of the companies that played key roles in the taking over of the power sector were indicted by the report chronicling the greatest heist against the Nigeria economy and its people.
“It is therefore imperative that the EFCC expedites action to halt the decimation of our economy while hounding the individuals or entities behind these crimes. The avowed stand of President Muhammdu Buhari-led administration not only to fight corruption and economic crimes to a standstill but also to right the compounded wrongs of many years perpetrated against Nigerian,” he said.
Why many electricity consumers in Nigeria are aggrieved-NAN
Mrs. Sola Salako-Ajulo, Executive Director, Consumer Advocacy Foundation of Nigeria, says many electricity consumers are aggrieved that they are forced to pay for the electric power they did not consume. Speaking at a Power Sector Stakeholders and Consumers Summit organized by the Electricity Consumer Protection Forum on Wednesday in Lagos, she said “Five Years after Privatisation of Power Sector, What Next?” brought together stakeholders in the power sector and consumers in the state.
Mrs. Sola further explained that the first step to stop such exploitation remained proper enumeration of electricity consumers and providers of meters since the practice of estimated billing as illegal.
“Our problem is not that they are not giving us power; our problem is that you are charging us for what we don’t consume. We must be sincere in this country, every house should have a meter,” she said.
The National Coordinator of the forum, Mr. Adeola Ilori, also said that electricity consumers had suffered much in the hands of the Gencos and Discos. He said that the privatization of the power sector had not reduced the trauma of electricity consumers, five years after as many people pay for electricity tariffs far higher than the rent.
In his speech, Mr. Sunday Oduntan, the Executive Director, ANED (Research and Advocacy) said that insincerity to people on electricity since 1960 had affected the positive result in power generation, transmission and distribution. Oduntan who spoke on the topic: “Are we better in service delivery than the older order? How can it be improved?” said the population of the country, estimated at over 180 million, is higher than the megawatts being generated and distributed to the people. “We are not serving well; we need to step up our game and do better,” he said.