Electricity consumers In
Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, have lauded the move by the Senate President, Olusola Saraki to probe the activities of stakeholders in the power sector.
Some of the consumers who spoke yesterday to The Tide correspondent said, the move has become imperative to save the economy from collapse as a result of the dwindling power supply.
Christmas Ebi, a Port Harcourt based technician, said, poor electricity supply in the area had worsened the economic recession thereby making life even more miserable for Nigerians.
Ebi said, “It is good for the Senate to find out why the privatization exercise on the sector, particularly Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), had not given Nigerians improved service delivery.
“They should also find out why inspite abysmal failure, the agencies responsible to call the distribution companies to order felt unconcerned”.
Another respondent, Mathew Orji, said the move to probe the GENCOS, and DISCOS as well as other stakeholders is a needed one to restore normally stressing that the poor situation surrounding electricity supply is among the main reasons why the nation cannot grow economically and in other spheres of life.
According to Orji, “I commend the Senate but I want them to be determined otherwise what happens to other probe exercises in the country, will happen to the current exercise.
“First deal with those leading the regulatory agencies because I think they are involved in double standard otherwise they ought to have done their job.”
Orji wonders why inspite the issues of over estimation of bills, non provision of prepaid meters, by the customers, agencies responsible to listen to the people continued to keep mum and unconcerned.
“It is a clear indication that those in the regulatory agencies have share from the fraud,” he maintained.
Comrade Nnodim Christian, spokesman of South South Consultative, Enlightenment and Mobilisation Council (SSYCEMOC) lauded the Senate President Olusola Saraki for the move to probe the activities of stakeholders in the power sector.
He said, “The much I can do is commend the move because severally, right from Olusegun Obasanjo administration, there had been similar probes . But they never succeeded.
“But I advise Nigerians to support the Senate. I urge the House of Representatives to also support the Senate so that the move will succeed in the interest of the nation’s total development”.