By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURTâ€”Regional Transmission Manager of Power Holding Company of Nigeria in Port Harcourt, Mr. Luis. E. Eromosele, has identified corruption as one of the major factors that have made it impossible forÂ PHCN to provide the nation with uninterrupted and regular power supply.
Engineer Eromosele, who spoke in Port Harcourt yesterday during the inauguration of the Port Harcourt anti corruption committee of the PHCN, regretted the branding of the PHCN by some outfits in the country as one of the most corrupt public institutions in the country.
He, however, said the institution had taken actions to redress this image with the setting up of an anti-corruption and transparency unit within its fold.
According to him, â€œthe effect of corruption in socio-economic life of Nigeria is seen in the decay of almost all the social and economic infrastructure, political instability and degraded human resources. This has manifested in our inability to give a steady uninterrupted and reliable power supply.
â€œWe must not fail to realize the serious implication of the ranking of our company as one of the most conspicuously corrupt enterprise in Nigeria. The need to change this public perception of the company is therefore imperative.
The crusade being lunched here in Port Harcourt is a house cleaning exercise aimed at exposing corrupt practices and corrupt staffâ€
He described the birth of the anti-corruption agency withinÂ the power sector of the country as an in-house cleansing exercise aimed at exposing corrupt practices and bad eggs, adding that staff shouldÂ key into the new drive.
In his remark, the Managing Director, Power Holding Company of Nigeria, who was represented by Mr. Lysian Pepple, said the firm had become zero tolerant to corruption.
The anti corruption committee, he noted, would operate in all the distribution and transmission/ generation units of the firm round the country.
The Managing Director explained that the reform was mainly to ensure proper repositioning of all sectors of the power industry so that they could be well alive to their duties.