Power Sector Probe: Nigerians interested in electricity not grammar – Dino Melaye

The Senate’s investigation of the power sector was disrupted on Wednesday by repeated power outages at the venue of the hearing.

The power cuts, which occurred in frequent intervals, aroused suspicion and prompted the visibly irritated Chairman of the ad hoc Committee on Power, Senator Abubakar Kyari, to investigate the disruptions during the hearing.

The situation compelled those making submissions to either use the light from their phones or the glow from video camera to make their presentations.

Yesterday’s probe, which began at 11:30 am was a continuation of the hearing which started on Tuesday, but the persistent outage forced the committee to adjourn at 4.00 pm.

The outages, which started at 2pm when the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Godknows Igali, was making his submission on behalf of various electricity companies, lasted for 10 to 15 minutes.

They continued during presentations by the Director General of Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Benjamin Ezreal Dikki; Chairman of National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Sam Amadi; and some of the managing directors of electricity distribution companies (Discos).

Angered by the development, Kyari assured his audience that the committee would beam its searchlight on the unwholesome development.

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