How to Solve Nigeria's Power Problem, by Ugwuanyi, Asuquo


By Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu

Disturbed by the perennial challenges facing the power sector in the country, chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Power, Dan Asuquo, and Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state on Thursday warned that the problem might persist until stakeholders in the sector and communities hosting NIPP facilities in the country decide to work together with a view to creating an enabling environment for the execution of projects in the sector.

While Asuquo asked beneficiaries of ongoing power projects across the country to desist from demanding outrageous way-leaves and compensations from government and contractors handling projects in the country, Ugwuanyi on his part insisted that it had become imperative for all the hurdles threatening the delivery of uninterrupted power supply in the country to be cleared.

The duo spoke when the Committee from the National Assembly paid a courtesy call on the governor shortly after returning from the inspection tour of Mbalano Sub-Station in Isikwuato Local Government of Abia State, among other sub-stations within the south east zone.

Ugwuanyi had shortly before their arrival inaugurated a 12-man committee to handle the issue of the stalled execution of the New Haven to Nsukka NIPP project in the state which has been a source of worry to the state government. Former minister of information, Chief Nnia Nwodo heads the state committee while former minister of power, Prof. Barth Nnaji is among the professionals and high profile personalities that make up the committee.