Reps summon power minister, NERC over new electricity tariff

The House of Representatives on Tuesday summoned the Minister of Power, Barth Nnaji and the Chairman, Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Sam Amadi, over the planned increase in electricity tariff.

The men are expected to appear before the House Committee on Power to explain the rationale behind the planned increase in the electricity tariff.

The committee will submit the reports of its findings within two weeks.

The decision to summon Mr. Nnaji and Mr. Amadi is sequel to a motion moved by Yakubu Balogun which was unanimously adopted.

Citing Standing Order 8, Rule 46, on matter of urgent public importance, Mr. Balogun drew the attention of the House to the planned increase in electricity tariff.

He said that the increase would bring untold hardship on consumers in the country, in spite of the irregular power supply.

At a meeting in Abuja on May 12, the NERC boss, Mr. Amadi announced that the new electricity tariff would commence on June 1.

In another motion, the House mandated the Committee on Finance to investigate the insurance of Federal Government assets and property. The committee is expected to submit its report within three weeks.

The resolution emanated from a motion by Abdulrahman Terab, a member of the House of Representatives, which was unanimously adopted.

Mr. Terab noted that huge amount of funds were committed to various kinds of insurance policies through appropriation. He observed that most of the subheads on insurance policies did not define the particular policies intended.

He stressed that in spite of the huge records of accidents and loss of government property, very few cases of claim settlement had been established.

The House also called on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to visit windstorm affected areas in Zamfara to access the damage and provide relief materials to the affected communities.

A delegation of the House will also visit the affected areas to commiserate with the government and people of the state.

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