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Bayelsa House backs govt’s decision on electricity tariffs

By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—Bayelsa State House of Assembly yesterday resolved to support the decision of the state government to permit the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) to collect tariffs from residents of the state with the passage of a Bill repealing the State Electricity Board Law 2006.

The repealed Bill was enacted in 2006 under the administration of Vice President Goodluck Jonathan and the new Bill empowers the state Ministry of Energy to take over the functions of the State Electricity Board and the staff.

The passage of the new Bill into law yesterday received the support of majority of the members after it scaled the third reading on the floor of the House.

Leader of the House, Nadu Karibo, representing Ogbia constituency I, moved that the Bill be read on the floor of the House and the motion was seconded by Dein Benadoumene, representing Ekeremor constituency III.

The Bill sought to repeal the law establishing the Electricity Board, just as it equally dissolved the management of the board.

The Bill, according to the lawmakers, which provides that the Board ceases to exist, also provides that its rights and obligations shall henceforth reside in its supervisory ministry, the state Ministry of Energy.

It provides that the Board’s existing staff shall become staff of the ministry, given the condition that provides that a non-civil servant staff may opt out of the Ministry within 60 days of the Bill coming into force.

Speaking after the bill was passed into law, the Speaker, Werinipre Seibarugu, commended the lawmakers for their efforts and expressed the belief that repealing the bill will pave way for the people of the state to enjoy a new lease of life in the distribution of electricity.

His words:  “I want to believe that the repeal of this electricity board law will enable the state to enjoy uninterrupted power supply, I must thank you all for your effort in passing this Bill into law.”


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