Unbundle Ministry of Power, Work and Housing for best performance, Lawan advises

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President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan on Tuesday called on the Federal Government to disintegrate the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing in view to optimize their performances. He was of the view that the Ministry would have been able to perform excellently well without the merging.
Reacting to the presentation by the Director General, Transmission Company of Nigeria TCN, Usman Gur Muhammed who briefed the Senate President on the activities of the company since February 2017, Lawan said if there is anything the present administration need to do is to, “disintegrate the Power Ministry out of the two others merged in 2015.
“We should not contest the patriotism needed to drive this process. I want to see a roadmap that is all inclusive. Power is the most important challenge in Nigeria. I believe this is one sector we have to face it if we are to succeed.
“Once there’s Power, everybody will have one or two legitimate thing to do. This sector is one sector we will consider topmost in our legislative agenda,” Lawan promised.
The President of the Senate, thereby urged the Federal Government to sell off its 40 percent investment in the power sector adding that identifying capable foreign partners with funding and human capital to drive the sector will place and position Nigerians at advantage in power supply.
He charged operators to be diligent and committed to the duties saying the Senate will not relent in terms of relevant legislation and funding to get the needed results.
Earlier, the Director General, TCN, Usman Gur Muhammed congratulated the leadership of the National Assembly over the elections of the Presiding officers of the ninth Assembly saying the TCN will appreciate cordial working relationship with the legislators.
Mohammed pointed out they visited to brief the Senate of the rehabilitation, stabilize, provide necessary flexibility, redundancies and expand the wheeling capacity of the nation’s power generation to 20,000 MW.
He said DISCOs cannot perform without capitalization, “DISCO has to be capitalized, if not the investment will not be sustainable.

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