By Ayomide Omotayo
Consumers’ Protection Council (CPC) has been charged to educate the masses on their responsibilities to enjoy uninterrupted electricity power supply in the country.
The National President of the Association for Public Policy Analysis, Comrade Uchendu Okorie who gave the charge regretted that the council has not done enough in protecting the rights of the citizens.
Okorie who was speaking during an NTA programme titled ‘Frontiers’ which was monitored by our reporter traced the nation’s underdevelopment on the inability of successive governments to properly tackle the challenges facing the nation’s power sector.
Noting that the various policies and reforms introduced to fix the nation’s power have not yielded the desired fruits because of lack of transparency, Okorie blamed the federal government for releasing huge amount of money for the revamping of the vital sector without investigating how the funds are spent.
“Before now, all we hear is that so, so billion of naira has been released to generate more megawatts yet, we are still in darkness several years after series of power plants were initiated”.
He demanded to know why the public fund released to revamping the power sector has not yielded any fruit and nobody is asking questions.
As I talk to you, residents of rural communities and even urban centres are still contributing money to purchase transformers, electricity poles and wire for the electrification of their various communities.
“At the end of such project the distribution companies will claim the ownership of such materials.
This is very wrong and illegal. And with this culture of donate to get electricity power supply has been embraced by Nigerians and is giving rooms for community leaders to defraud their people” he said.
On the issue of introduction of alternative power supply sources, Okorie said before this is done, the existing system must be strengthened for it to be successful.
He advised each community in the country to protect the electricity facilities within their neighbourhood against vandals, saying that they must know that those who claimed the ownership of the facilities are not always ready to repair or replace any of the facility that is damaged by rainstorm or vandals.