The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila on Tuesday said the House of Representatives is vehement on its rejection of estimated billing to electricity consumers in Nigeria.
He stated this while inaugurated an Ad-hoc Committee on Power Sector Reforms that is charged with the responsibility of undertaking a holistic review of the power sector in Nigeria and recommending appropriate legislative action to the House.
The Speaker said setting up the ad-hoc committee became necessary because of the resolve of the House to ensure a comprehensive review of all legislation relating to the power sector.
He noted that he was personally concerned about the myriad of challenges in the power sector, saying the issue of estimated billing system “remains a no, no,” and that whatever needed to be done to address the issue must be carried out.
According to him=”Our nation has long struggled with the problem of fixing the power sector in Nigeria and getting it to work in the optimal interest of all our people. We have not succeeded, despite the best efforts of many.
“The consequences of that failure are evident in the many industries that have collapsed across the country. It is also apparent in the abysmally low productivity of existing industries due to the enormous cost of generating their power independently.
“The power sector is so integral to our national economic growth, to national security and even to social development, that we cannot ever stop trying to get it right. It is for this reason that the House of Representatives on the 12th of May, 2020 resolved to set up this AdHoc Committee to undertake a holistic review of the power sector in Nigeria and to recommend legislative action to the House of Representatives,” he said.
He said the ad-hoc committee, chaired by House Leader, Rep. Alhassan Ado Doguwa, must take steps to ensure that the House fulfils its commitment of a comprehensive review of all legislation in the power sector.
“The importance this Ad=Hoc Committee’s assignment is perhaps best reflected in the choice of Hon. Ado Doguwa, the Majority Leader of the House as its chairman.
“It would not be an easy task. Nation-building rarely is. But it will be a worthwhile effort when at the end of it, we can initiate and complete necessary legislative reforms to remove the regulatory and bureaucratic bottlenecks that continue to mitigate against optimum performance in the sector.”
Still on estimated billing, Gbajabiamila said =”Estimated billing remains a no, no for me and members of the House. However we need to do it, we have to do it.”
Earlier, the chairman of the ad-hoc committee, Doguwa, thanked the Speaker for finding him and other members of the panel worthy of carrying out such an important national assignment.