The Delta State House of Assembly Committee on Power and Energy has met with the management team of the State Ministry of Energy at the ministry’s headquarters in Asaba.
Discussions at the meeting centered on how best both parties could collaborate to improve power supply in the state.
The House Committee Chairman, Honourable Kenneth Ogba and members, including Honorables Mathew Opuaro, Charles Emetulu, Solomon Ighrakpata and Moses Anaughe were received on arrival by the Commissioner for Energy, Rt Hon Basil Ganagana.
Honourable Ogba said the visit was a familiarization one born out of the need to bring together critical stakeholders to seek solution to power problem in the state.
The Lawmaker stated that there was the need for the committee and the ministry to synergize to move the energy sector forward as it is key to the Stronger Delta drive of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
Honourable Ogba promised that the committee would help ensure adequate budgetary provisions for the ministry in the 2020 state budget and urged the officials to be open to members.
In their contributions, Honorables Mathew Opuaro, Charles Emetulu, Solomon Ighrakpata and Moses Anaughe, expressed concern over the epileptic electricity supply in the state, stressing that BEDC had not been fair to Delta State in distribution of electricity.
The Lawmakers said the sad narrative was seriously affecting development in the state, maintaining that despite the huge financial commitment to the power sector by the Delta State Government, BEDC had continued to frustrate the effort.
They all agreed that the power sector in the country was in a sorry state that required serious intervention as electricity was key to the growth of any society.
The Lawmakers said Delta state should be allowed to benefit from its intervention in the energy sector.
The Commissioner for Energy, Basil Ganagana, expressed concern that despite the privatization of the power sector the state government was still funding the sector.
He said no responsible government would allow its people to remain in darkness, hence the huge financial commitment.
Ganagana stated that it was also sad to point out the frustration being suffered by the state in the hands of BEDC, even with the effort of the state government to provide electricity to the people.
The Energy Commissioner reminded the legislators that the Stronger Delta agenda of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa was a collective project and appealed for enabling laws that could check the worrisome situation in the power sector.
He affirmed that Deltans were not happy with the situation in the energy sector, stressing that as representatives of the people he could also feel the pressure on them by their constituents.