The House of Representatives has advised beneficiaries of ongoing power projects across the country to desist from demanding for weighed way leaves and compensations rather to focus on benefits that will accrue from such projects.
Speaking with journalists shortly after an inspection tour of Mbalano Sub-Station in Isikwuato Local Government of Abia State, the Chairman , House Committee on Power, Honorable Dan Asuquo, said that in a situation whereby way-leave and compensation were even higher than the cost of a project was discouraging rather than encouraging.
Asuquo, who represents Akampka/Biase Federal Constituency of Cross River State, insisted that the issues of way-leave and compensation should be such that “ should encourage government to continue to deliver the projects on these projects to the people”.
“A situation whereby the way-leave and compensation are even higher than the cost of project, it is discouraging. The Government is trying to provide infrastructure for the benefit of the people, so the the issue of way-leave and compensation should be such that will not encourage government to continue to deliver” he stated.
While stressing the need for the the Nigerian Parliament to look into the issues, he expressed dismay that a project that was awarded in 2011 had not been completed because of way-leave and compensation issues that lasted for about 15 years.
He disclosed that they were in the south East Zone of the country to carry out their oversight functions which he said were in line with the rules of the house and details of the constitution, adding that their visit was the beginning of their oversights visits across the country to ensure the appropriation from 2015 till date was being utilized.
“ A situation whereby a project that is awarded since 2011 have not been completed because it having way-leave and compensation issues for 15 years, so who is loosing, it is the people that would have benefited from it that is loosing. It is a critical issue that the Nigerian parliament needs to look into it. We need to involve the state governors, house of assemblies to speak to speak to our people”
According to him, they were also in the South East Geo-Political Zone to see how they could use legislative intervention to solve the power problems confronting the country today.
Earlier, the Managing Director of Transmission Service Provider (TSP), Engr. Tom Uwah, s had told the delegation that the sub-station, expected to generate 48 megawatts could be completed in few months.