No Plan To Reverse Privatisation Of Power Sector — Senate - 9JA HOT '1'
No Plan To Reverse Privatisation Of Power Sector — Senate - 9JA HOT '1'

No Plan To Reverse Privatisation Of Power Sector — Senate

Sen. Gabriel Suswam, the Chairman Senate Committee on Power says the senate has no plans to reverse the privatization of the power sector.

Suswam Made This Known In Abuja During The Committee’s Oversight Visit To Some Government Structures Being Occupied By The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC).

According to him, the senate is not pushing for the reversal of privatization of the sector as that will distal the economy and create issues of trust in the international community.

“We encourage the government to continue with the privatization as far as the power sector is concerned

“There are teething problems and those problems will not be reason for the review of the privatisation that was done and people have bought.

“All we can do is to try to make sure there is enhanced performance in the sector to create efficiency but unfortunately, the process itself started on a faulty note.

“Some of the parameters used were a bit faulty so the sector has been faced with problems that ordinarily would have been avoidable.

“So what we are trying to do in the National Assembly (NASS) is to identify the core challenges so that we can help the executive in addressing them,” he said.

Suswam said that the duty of NASS was to oversight the activities of the other arms of government.

“This is why we are here today, to see what we have been told by the Nigeria Electricity Liability Management Company (NELMCO),” he said.

He said NELMCO told the committee that they handed over some assets to AEDC when the company was incorporated and the committee needed to be sure it was true.

“So here is the assets of government and it is being occupied by AEDC which is a private company and we are wondering why they are occupying government property,

“The managing director has told us they are supposed to be paying rent but because the property has been advertised for sale, they also have the right of first refusal.

“We are satisfied that the building is here and AEDC has accepted that the building belongs to government, and that they are tenants here until when they are able to procure it if they win the bid,” he said.

The Managing Director of AEDC, Mr. Ernest Mupwaya said the committee was touring the assets that belonged to NELMCO.

Mupwaya said that AEDC was occupying two of the assets, “adding we are interested in procuring them though we are owing NELCOM some rent but we are already in discussion to settle the rent.

“We are in talks with NELMCO and as part of showing seriousness. We intend to buy the place,” he said.

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