Review Laws On Power, Stakeholders Tell RVHA

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Rising from a one-day Power Infrastructure Summit last Wednesday, stakeholders made up of experts and electricity consumers have underscored the need for reviewing of laws that will improve electricity provision in Rivers State.
The views were contained n a seven-point communiqué at the end of the programme organised by the Rivers State Assembly Committee on Power.
According to the communiqué, “Power provision remains a key need in human life, that protecting power infrastructure is a responsibility of all power infrastructure vandalism impacts negatively on the life and well-being of the people, and therefore laws need to be made to check the problem”.
Earlier into paper presentation, Chairman of the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE), Rivers State Chapter Engr. Precious Bob-Manuel, argued that many laws regulating electricity provision in the country and in the state were obsolete.
Bob-Manuel stated that there is a huge market for electricity in the country, but blamed vandalisation as a major challenge in electricity generation and distribution.
The NSE chairman observed that so far, it has been proven that the power provision model adopted in Bonny Town has showed that it is more efficient and makes electricity available to the poor at affordable rates.
On his part chairman of the State Assembly committee on power, Hon. Abinye Pepple said the essence of the summit was to articulate plans and programmes on how to improve provisions and curb vandalism.