The House of House of Representatives on Wednesday passed through second reading a Bill for an Act to amend the Electric Power Sector Reform Act, No. 6, 2005 to prohibit theft of electricity, theft, and destruction of electricity supply, infrastructure and prescribe appropriate penalties for violation and for related matters. The bill which was transmitted to the House for concurrence was sponsored by Hon. Mohammed Monguno (APC-Borno).
In leading the debate, Hon. Monguno stated that the Bill was transmitted from the Senate seeking concurrence and it aims to criminalize, punish and discourage the theft of power lines and cables, as well as other electrical appliances. According to him, the Bill seeks to protect the huge investments of the Power Organizations and prevent economic sabotage by unpatriotic individuals, as well as ensuring Power Transmission is developed for the benefits of the citizenry. Also speaking in favor of the bill, Hon. Ali Wudil observed that the bill seeks the modernization of the Power Sector and help the generation, transmission, and distribution of power.
On his part, Hon. Ossai Nicholas Ossai (PDP-Delta) warned that the Civil Defense Act which empowers the Corp to protect National Infrastructure would be contravened by adopting the proposed Bill, empowering someone else would conflict the Act, he, however, praised the spirit and aim of the Bill.