- PUNCH LINE
By: Manny Ita
The Ogun State House of Assembly has passed a resolution calling on the National Electricity Regulation Commission (NERC) to advise the Federal Government on the provision of alternative service providers to the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company and Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company for efficient service delivery to the people of the State.
The passage of the resolution followed a motion for the adoption of the report moved by the Deputy Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo, seconded by the Minority Leader, Olawale Alausa and supported by the Whole House through a voice vote at the plenary presided over by Speaker Suraju Ishola Adekunbi at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan Abeokuta.
Earlier in his report on the Resolution titled H.R. No. 033/2018, Oluomo remarked that the passage of the resolution by the Assembly was in line with the recommendations made by stakeholders at the Public hearing organized recently by the Assembly on the erratic power supply to electricity consumers in the State, adding that the distribution companies could not deliver acceptable services to it consumers in the State.
The resolution enjoined NERC to compel the DISCOs to stop the issuance of estimated billings to all customers, enlighten electricity consumers on their right to appeal any exorbitant bills and be allowed to pay only for the services rendered by the companies. It equally challenge the DISCOS to put in place necessary machinery to discourage illegal connection of electricity by consumers.
It also added that the DISCOs must work within the ambit of the extant establishing law, procure transformers, electricity poles, all electrical accessories and energize transformers as stipulated by law, while calling for the stoppage of disconnection of electricity to consumers without adequate notice, stressing the need to ensure the enumeration and upgrading of all facilities as well as conducting accurate census of customer size with a view to rendering quality service to consumers.
In the same vein, the Assembly also adopted the years 2013 and 2014 State Auditor General’s reports conducted by the Public Account Committee led by Adejuwon Olufowobi, last year. The adoption of the report followed a motion moved by Olufowobi, seconded by Tunde Sanusi and supported by the whole House through a voice vote shortly after the former read the report before members at the plenary.
Upon the adoption of the report, the Assembly tasked all Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government and officials to ensure strict compliance with the financial rules and regulations as well as putting in place necessary mechanism for effective and efficient internal audit control.