Senate faults 20 power projects in minister’s LGA

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The Senate on Wednesday condemned the proposed citing 20 projects in Lau Local Area Taraba State where the Minister Power, Mamman Saleh, hails from.


The on Power expressed the dissatisfaction while scrutinising the 2021 budget proposals the Electrification Agency.

Members of the panel identified 20 electrification projects of various sums, ranging between N20m to N52m in the 2021 budget proposal submitted to .

They expressed dismay that the record indicated that only of the electrification projects for 2021 in the entire South-South geopolitical zone was proposed to be cited in State.

The Managing Director of the REA, Ahmad Salijo, presented and defended the budget before the on Power, which has Senator Gabriel Suswam, as chairman.

The senators identified uniform allocation of N52m for various projects across the geopolitical zones and faulted the essence of executing less 2 kilometres ones for over five years.

Trouble started when a member of the panel from Taraba State, Senator Yusuf Yusuf, drew the attention of his colleagues to the lopsidedness in the distribution of the projects.

He specifically said the budget proposal was fraught with uneven distribution of mini-grid power projects for communities, alleging that many of them were concentrated in the minister’s LGA.

Yusuf said, “It is not just the N52m but if you look at from number 85, N30m, N20m, N40m and they are all concentrated in Local Area.

“That is the minister’s LGA. Twenty projects are in Lau Local Area. am not challenging him but am sure.”

Another member of the , Senator Bala Ibn Na’ Allah accused the minister of allegedly violating his oath of if he approved the citing of the projects in his LGA.


Na’Alah said, “Those who elected to these offices expected to ensure that the which they have made for themselves and given to will be executed to the letter.

“The to be the of every citizen of the Federal Republic if Nigeria.

“Therefore, he would want loyalty and cooperation from every citizen of the country. If we sit down here and agree that a budget that pleases a minister, can come, he (Minister) is not doing himself good because he has sworn to do justice to all manner of the people and not to allow his personal interest to affect his conduct and decision.

“He has by this clearly shown that he has allowed his personal interest to affect his conduct and decision, and that is a very serious matter.

is a very serious issue think you (MD) must take this observation, serious and convey it to the minister. Tell him that the is not in agreement with him.”

Some senators also alleged that all the projects listed in their states were non-existence as they were neither aware of them nor the contractors handling the jobs.