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Power sector probe: Senate Committee to present report soon – Suswam

Sen. Gabriel Suswam ,Chairman,Senate Committee on Power  has said the committee will soon  present its findings on the probe of  N1.8 trillion Federal Government’s interventions in the sector.

The committee, which concluded its three- day investigative public hearing recently, is probing government’s interventions in the sector since privatisation of the sector from 2012 to date.

Suswam, Chairman Senate Committee on Power who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja at the weekend said that the intention of the investigative public hearing was not to apportion blame but was “to sit on the table and identify what the issues are.

“Government is spending so much; there are no results commensurate  with the expenditure.

“Why is that we cannot align the value chain in the power sector and make sure that from generation to transmission to distribution, there is a line which follows a particular line so that it can be assessed.

“Why are we unable to do that. So that is the essence and we have come up with very revealing facts because every person was factual.

“Because people know that we are not calling him to say look, you’ve embezzled money; no, we are calling you to come here and tell us why so much money have been expended and there is no result commensurate with that money.

” We called the DisCos, you said you will take over this and make it efficient. What is the problem.

“We call the GenCos you said you are generating 13, 000 megawatts why can’t we get 13,000 megawatts and transmission, why are you unable to wield 13, 000 megawatts.

“So we now have identified along the value chain what the issues are and we are putting it in our report and because every person now agrees that we are not aligned, there is no alignment.

“And so once we align, it will be easy,” Suswam said.



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