The Lagos State House of Assembly has tasked the power distributing companies within the Lagos State, to be more humane in the discharge of their statutory duties, by ensuring lagosians enjoy considerable power supply, within and after the COVID-19 pandemic period.
This charge was made through a Joint Committee of the House constituted by the Speaker,Rt Hon.Mudashiru Obasa to pay an oversight visit to two distribution companies; EKO and Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company in order to fine tune means through which people can get power supply, while they comply with the stay at home directives in place.
The Joint Committee which comprise of House Committee on Energy and Mineral resources and that of Information,Security and Strategy i headed by Hon.Folajimi Mohammed with the mandate to visit the distribution networks (DisCos)in Lagos state.
Speaking after the visit,the Joint Committee Chairman Folajimi Mohammed appraised the situation, which necessitated the visit as peoples comfort need be guaranteed while observing the stay at home order through steady power supply.
According to him, “During the COVID-19 period we have seen that there is an order for a lockdown, and this has caused a lot of discomfort to our constituents,to this end we were asked to come and visit the DisCos and find out issues as to why there has been insufficient supply of electricity to most parts of Lagos State.
Continuing he said, “One thing was pertinent about the meeting, which was that they had accepted and admitted the flaws however, we need to look at this holistically that there are different value chains within the sphere of the departments, so at some point we can’t necessarily put most of the blame on the DisCos”.
Hon. Tunde Braimoh the house Chairman on Information,Security and Strategy in his own submission after the parley noted that it is of essence for the general public to own the available infrastructures as the energy theft is causing people a lot of needless stress.
“Government is about the people we are not just there for aggradisement or grandstanding of being in government,we must be purposefully useful and effective to the people that we serve.
“The supply of electricity power is one of the basic yearnings of our people because electricity remains the most important innovations of humanity in the last one thousand years and nobody can joke with the importance of electricity.” he said
The Commissioner for Energy and Mineral resources Mr Olalere Odusote who was present at the two parleys enjoined Lagosians to comply with the stay at home side order and remain safe,assuring that all their issues with power supply are been handled seriously by the state government.
He said further that “The people should be rest assured that the state government would continue to work with the electricity distribution companies,to ensure that their power supply is not adversely affected by any actions that the government is taking during the pandemic,especially due to restriction of movement”.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Eko DisCos, Mr Adeoye Fadeyibi, gave a clear cut view of how things are in the sector urging people to know that they are also with them in the situation at hand.
The Chairman, Ikeja Electric Mr Kola Adesina,appreciated the fact that the lawmakers think of the vulnerables and poor masses in the society,while counselling the government to concentrate resources on most important projects which have direct bearing on the lives of the people.