By Abiemwense Moru
Abuja – The House of Representatives on Thursday in Abuja mandated its Committee on Power to interface with Electricity Distribution Companies to ensure the connection of all completed electrification projects to the national grid.
This was sequel to a motion by Rep. Olusegun Odebunmi (Oyo-PDP) on the “Need to address the Persistent Refusal of Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) to connect Electrified Towns and Villages to National Grid’’.
Moving the motion, Odebunmi noted that government at all levels was striving diligently to better the living standards of Nigerians through provision of needed infrastructural facilities.
He explained that the facilities include the electrification of rural areas as a catalyst for the nation’s overall development.
“Since the inception of the current democratic dispensation, almost all the states of the federation have completed many electrification projects which have yet to be connected to the national grid.
“This is due to the refusal of the DISCOs to do so on the ground that it is not quantifiable to the billions of naira expended on such projects and the benefits available to the communities.’’
The lawmaker expressed concern that the refusal of the DISCOs to connect the towns even when all the conditions had been met was frustrating government’s efforts to provide electricity to Nigerians.
The motion was unanimously adopted by members when it was put to a voice vote by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara.
However, the committee was mandated by the House to interface with the company and report its findings within six weeks for further legislative action. (NAN)