GOVERNOR Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State and members of the House of Representatives Committee on Power have called for co-operation among stakeholders in the power sector and communities hosting NIPP facilities in the country, to ensure desirable success in execution of projects in the sector. Governor Ugwuanyi, who hosted members of the House committee at the Government House, Enugu, had shortly before their arrival inaugurated a 12-man committee to handle the issue of the stalled execution of the New Haven to Nsukka NIPP project in the state, which has been a source of worry to the state government. Former Minister of Information, Chief Nnia Nwodo heads the state committee while former Minister of Power, Prof. Barth Nnaji is among professionals and high profile personalities that make up the committee. During the courtesy call, chairman of the House committee, Hon. Dan Asuquo and the governor underscored the need to clear all hurdles that would militate against the smooth delivery of projects being executed by the Transition Company of Nigeria whose managing director, Onyeka Uwa, was also in the delegation. Addressing the lawmakers and other members of the delegation who were in Enugu for a public forum on the operations of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, Governor Ugwuanyi commended the federal government for the current noticeable improvement in electricity supply in parts of the country. On the conduct of public forum on issues of billing, metering and the various bottlenecks arising from dealing with host communities, the governor stated that the exercise which was part of their oversight functions, was fundamental in achieving enhanced power supply and the expected spiral effect of improved standard of living for the citizenry. On the import of stable power supply the governor noted that “our struggle as a nation to achieve regular and dependable power supply has been long aborted and I must however, commend the federal government, the National Assembly and of course, the power companies for the noticeable improvement that has been recently observed in the sector.” He further charged the committee members to address without delay complaints and outcries about billing method and other malpractices by some power distribution companies as well as difficulties in accessing power.

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