Ignore FG, generate, distribute your own electricity, Falana challenges state govts

Mr. Falana speaking in Lagos on Wednesday at the launch of a report by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, titled "From Darkness to Darkness: How Nigerians are paying the price for corruption in the electricity sector."
Mr. Falana speaking in Lagos on Wednesday at the launch of a report by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, titled "From Darkness to Darkness: How Nigerians are paying the price for corruption in the electricity sector."

A senior lawyer, Femi Falana, has called on state governments to challenge the laws restricting them from generating electricity in their states.

Mr. Falana made the call in Lagos on Wednesday at the launch of a report by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, titled “From Darkness to Darkness: How Nigerians are paying the price for corruption in the electricity sector.”

The programme was supported by the MacArthur Foundation.

Mr. Falana said state governments must begin to exercise their constitutional rights by challenging the control of electricity generation, distribution and transmission by the federal government.

According to him, “Items 13 and 14 of the schedule to the constitution stipulate that state government shall have power to generate electricity outside the national grid.

“It goes further to say that the House of Assembly of each state shall make a law for the establishment of electricity boards in all states–they are not there!–to provide electricity for the people outside the national grid.

“And what’s the national grid?” he said, rhetorically.

“I generate electricity in my home, in my office. So why can the governor of Lagos State not generate electricity for all of us – about twenty million people?

“So, we must really challenge the control of our affairs by the government in Abuja.”

He, however, lamented that the National Assembly has not done much for the realisation of this agenda.

“The power Reforms Act of 2005 is largely illegal because it has attempted to concentrate power and electricity on the federal government and private companies contrary to the provisions of the constitution.

“That’s why we are challenging state governments, ‘stop going to Abuja, stop begging federal government’ to give you power to establish electricity companies in your state’.

“You have the right. If individuals can do that, why should you go to Abuja to get a licence?”

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  • dami

    hmmm….interesting….lets see which governor acts first…or is it case of Falana spreading half truths?
    however the electricity situation is a disaster….all our Politicians from any and all parties have failed to solve this problem…or is it to their advantage that the common man has no light or is the FG ok with the import revenue from generator importation? and sales / taxation of diesel?
    why has this eluded us? black man syndrome is very real….

    • Deansmart

      Lagos has been doing that since fashola time it’s called IPP And recently ambode said he will generate 3000mw to be distributed for lgosian

  • ed

    The insanity of the self imposed darkness is mind boggling. The solution to our power failure issue is readily available.
    General Electric mobile turbine are available for less than the money that Fashola and the disco boys are sharing to keep us in darkness every year.
    GE mobile turbine are capable of generating 32 MW each total of 6,400 MW.
    All that is requires is gas that we’re flaring daily for nothing.
    Common sense tells us to position 200 plus of this turbine near the gas source or transport gas by truck to a storage depot close to the station.
    There is no excuse for power failures if we’re not being led by wick leaders.

    • AryLoyds

      The Animal Kingdom is badly structured

    • Aby Love

      Can’t your governor do all these,why fasola alone ? Failure full of rationalisation.

    • FreeNigeria

      They are deaf and blind to good ideas. Their eyes only shine to corruption and destruction

      • NwaIgbo

        Very true, in as much as no master thief goes to jail, our slave owners will continue to hold us at ransom. Even Evans has 24 hour uninterrupted electricity.

    • NwaIgbo

      Yes these wicked,evil leaders are only interested in big, big budgets for electricity of which they steal and share 90% leaving only 10 % for actual investment.

      • Senator D

        Did you say 10%? maybe you don’t know that NO monies get to the investors who receive ONLY government bond guaranty to go borrow money from the bank and execute the projects… 100% of the money are stolen kapatakpata… Or you didn’t hear of the bail-out???

    • Senator D

      Nigerian Politicians are sons of Belial… They are sons and daughters of darkness and evil shall NEVER depart from their generations for ever…

  • thisnigeria

    Falana must have thought he was was talking to the governors that are in position of authority because they wanted to serve their peoples. I doubt if any governor in Nigeria belongs in that group. That is why state roads that are supposed to be maintained by the state governments are in so bad a state in almost all states of the so called federation.

  • bala

    AND YET WE HAVE STATE ATTORNEY GENERALS WHO ARE SELF ACCLAIMED AS LEGAL LUMINARYS AND CANNOT FISH OUT THESE SECTIONS OF THE CONSTITUTION TO ADVISE THEIR GOVERNMENT OF THE SIMPLE RIGHTS TO ESTABLISH AND GENERATE POWER FOR THE IMMEDIATE USE OF THE SUFFERING MASSES OF THEIR STATES. SHIO IT IS A HOPELESS PITY. LISTEN AMBODE START TO SOURCE FOR A NEW KNOWLEDGEABLE ATTORNEY TOMORROW.

  • Aby Love

    Falana don’t mind them,the never do well now blame all of their failures on restructuring. Charity begins from home,spit.

  • NwaIgbo

    Very true, if we provide electricity for our homes and offices,of what use is Nigeria Department of Darkness? The only relationship between the government is collecting tariff for darkness. The government lies to us year in, year out and still what the people get is darkness. How in the world is that we cannot solve this electricity problem for more than three decades now when trillion and trillions have been sunk into this curse. Has any one gone to jail for stealing all the money meant to give us light. The 70% of the blame lies with we the people who know quickly how to lynch the petty phone thief only to roll out drums for master thieves who dehumanize us.

  • Senator D

    States should be allowed to generate their own powers. They should scrap PHCN or NEPA or whatever name they call them…Lagos has enough oceans to generate electric current from sea waves. Similarly, Lagos has the capacity to generate power from Wind farms. The Northern parts can use Solar and Geothermal systems and the East can use Coal, hydro and Geothermal systems… Why are we so retrogressive in Nigeria sef???? I have been screaming that we should scrap the Ministry of works and housing too… I don’t understand what they mean by “Federal Roads” which are death traps in various states??? States should be given more powers to develop their regions according to their abilities and capacity…

  • Senator D

    May diseases defying medical science be the portion of everyone single person who has, and who will continue to keep us in Darkness in Nigeria… May their generation know no peace, joy or happiness in the midst of abundance. May their male children be wayward and their daughters high-class prostitut*s and drug addicts…Amen!