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Senate sets up committee to probe power sector investments under Obasanjo, Jonathan

The Senate has set up a 13-member Ad-hoc Committee to carry out a comprehensive investigation into the management of funds so far appropriated for the power sector since 1999.

The Senator Abubakar Kyari led committee, was also given the task of probing the unbundling of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria by the Federal Government.

The committee was set up on Thursday while the senate passed a motion sponsored by the Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, seeking the immediate reconnection of some parts of Borno State back to the national grid in view of the challenges the blackout was posing to his constituents.

The Senate urged the Federal Government to complete the Mambilla Power Project with the aim of improving electricity supply in the country.

It also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Transmission Company of Nigeria to immediately reconnect Maiduguri to the national grid.

It also directed the committee to conclude its investigations and report to the Senate within two weeks.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, said: “We thought that with the Power Reform Act and the unbundling of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, we will begin to see improvement with regard to power supply; unfortunately, it is not so.

“The Ad Hoc Committee that we set up should look at the activities of the Discos and what is preventing Nigerians from benefitting from the unbundling of the PHCN.”

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