Members of House of Representatives have asked the Minister of Power to sanction the Electricity Distribution Companies, DisCos for “irresponsibility” in power distribution.
The Lawmakers took turns to recount the experiences of their constituents in the hands of DisCos, who they accused of defrauding Nigerians with impunity.
They said nothing would bring Nigerians as much joy as to hear that the DisCOs have been sanctioned.
They spoke when the Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, appeared before the House Committee on Power to defend the ministry’s 2021 budget.
The Committee asked the Minister to furnish the House with details of how much the government has benefited from its 40 per cent equity in the privatised companies.
It insisted that DisCos should be made to pay for the electricity transformers donated by communities and community leaders to get power supply.
The Committee Chairman, Magaji Dau Aliyu, alleged the DisCos are practically cheating Nigerians who are made to pay various sums of money even after donating transformers to them.
The Committee expressed concerns over the Ministry’s failure of to declare accrued revenue from the trillions of naira invested in the power sector over the years by the government.
Mamman said Nigeria’s installed grid power generation capacity has grown from 8,000mw to 13,000mw under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said that the distribution system could evacuate 5,500mega watts of power having grown from 4,500mega watts in 2015.