OrderPaperToday -The House of Representatives has urged the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to facilitate the connection of local governments in Ogoni land to the national grid.
The call followed the adoption of a motion moved by Mpigi Barinada (PDP, Rivers) on Tuesday.
While moving the motion, Barinada noted that electricity is critical to the socio-economic and industrial growth and development of any society.
He disclosed that Tai, Gokana and Khana Local Government Areas of Rivers State are not connected to the national grid for dependable power supply.
Barinada stated that the famous Afam Power Station located at Oyigbo Local Government Area in Rivers State was built in 1962 with 20 megawatts capacity, and has grown to over 1,000 megawatts
Adding that the inconveniences and hardship hitherto faced by Oyigbo Community due to inadequate power supply led to its connection to the national grid through the Afam power station.
According to him, residents of Tai, Gokana and Khana Local Government Areas and indeed the entire Ogoni people are currently facing similar challenges of inadequate power supply.
He revealed that Oyigbo residents now enjoy uninterrupted power supply while the Ogoni people are experiencing perpetual epileptic power supply.
The House consequently resolved to make provisions for it in the 2019 Appropriation estimates and mandated the Committees on Power and Legislative Compliance to ensure compliance and report back within six (6) weeks for further legislative action.