Our offices are constantly in darkness without electricity, Nigerian minister laments

Federal Secretariat Complex, Abuja
Federal Secretariat Complex, Abuja

The Ministry of Women Affairs has blamed consistent blackout at the Federal Secretariat for delay in submitting necessary documents for the 2017 budget defence to the House of Representatives.

The Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, disclosed this before the House Committee on Women Affairs and Social Development on Tuesday in Abuja.

“The challenge we had is that, sometimes at the secretariat, we stay for three, four, five weeks without light; right now, this is the third week that we have stayed without light.

“The permanent secretary and I had to raise money personally to buy diesel at the Women Centre to do it.

“At the time, because there was no light we couldn’t retrieve data from the desk top computers.

“Unfortunately, we did not have the data in flash drives, so it was partly our fault and partly not ours.

“But all I can say is that, honourable chairman, we sincerely apologise. We are very sorry for that and it will not repeat itself.’’

Earlier, the Chairman of the committee, Stella Uchenna (Enugu-PDP), decried the lateness of the submission by the ministry despite the several notice.

Ms. Uchenna said there is the need for more cooperation between the MDA’s and national assembly committees.

“On January 30, we requested that you send to us the budget implementation of 2016, the document didn’t reach us. Then on February 9, we wrote a reminder and still we did not get a reply.

“And because we were short of time, we now wrote requesting for the budget performance for 2016 and the proposal for 2017, and we got the centre and the ministry yesterday.’’

Ms. Uchenna noted that an early submission of documents would have availed the committee time to understudy them before budget defence.

The ministry presented the 2016 budget performance but the committee noted numerous errors and requested that the document be reproduced and sent back to it.



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  • FuzzyLogic

    Ex-governor Fashola famously claimed that any government that cannot provide regular electricity after six months in office is not worth keeping even though like Buhari and APC, he has denied saying it. But the reality today is that Nigeria is generating much less electricity right now than it did when the current administration that promised El Dorado took over. The wonder boy that got three giant ministries to manage based on his inflated claims of performing wonders in Lagos is as clueless and befuddled as ever.

  • thusspokez

    “Unfortunately, we did not have the data in flash drives, so it was partly our fault and partly not ours.

    In my company, for copyright and data protection reason, any employee caught using removal drive on company computer faces dismissal. I can’t believe that this woman’s government department would condone the use of removable drive. It is the means by which spies steal information, hence it it banned by most government around the world.