Reps push for connection of LGAs to national grid

The House of Representatives on Wednesday, resolved to ensure that all local government areas in the country were linked to the national grid for power supply.

Toward this, it has mandated the Committee on Power to liaise with the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) to ensure that all local government headquarters were connected to the grid.

This move was sequel to a motion by Rep. Awaji-Inombek Abiante (Rivers-PDP) and 15 others on the “need to implement the connection in all the constitutionally-established 774 local government areas’’.

On the motion, Abiante explained that there was need for the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the power sector.

He said that it was unreasonable for residents in urban areas to be enjoying power supply, while the bulk of citizens in the rural areas relied mostly on wood, kerosene and fuel for cooking and power supply.

“It has been observed that communities without access to electricity have their productivity and developmental capacities severely hampered.

“This often results to perennial poverty, heightened insecurity, wasted potential and general backwardness,” he said.

The lawmaker cited an instance of Ngo and Opobo, the headquarters of Andoni-Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Areas, respectively, which made up Andoni-Opobo/Nkoro Federal Constituency, but had never been connected to the grid.

He expressed optimism that if the motion was considered, the rural electrification policy of the government would stimulate growth in all aspects of the economy.

The motion was unanimously adopted by members, who agreed to partner the government in developing a strategic road map for the acceleration of rural electrification.

In his remarks, Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara, mandated the relevant committee to liaise with relevant government agencies on the issue and report back within eight weeks.

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