By Festus Ahon
asaba—GOVERNOR Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, yesterday, urged the Ministry of Works, Power and Housing and the Distribution Companies, DISCOs to sensitize Nigerians on the need to curb energy thefts and resolve power billing issues in the country.
Okowa spoke in Asaba when he hosted the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, who led the management team of his ministry and agencies on a courtesy visit. Okowa stressed the need “to create urgent awareness among the populace on the billing system, energy theft, reduce agitation among the populace and ensure prompt payment of bills,’’ saying: “I wish to appreciate you for the good work you are doing.
This consultative monthly meeting is innovative, we are happy that power generation has reached over 7,000 MVA, there is the need for advocacy to get people to pay bills, people have to be educated on the billing system, when you get bills you need to know how it was generated, it will reduce agitation. We will sensitize our people on the need to curb energy theft.”
While restating the resolve of the state government to work with the Distribution companies to look at the issues and possibly enact legislation on energy theft, Okowa commended the Minister on the improvement of power generation in the country.
According to him, it was important for the socio-economic development of the country and assured Fashola on the state government’s readiness to intervene in the resolution of the compensation issues on the Sapele/Agbor Road.
He called for immediate rehabilitation of the failed sections of the Asaba head bridge end of the Benin/Asaba Road, stressing that “if nothing is done, the road will get worse during the December rush period and can pose security risk.”
In his remarks, Fashola said that they were in Asaba for a monthly power interactive meeting hosted by Benin Distribution Company, BEDC to review the power issues in the country and resolve peculiar local electricity issues.
He said that his ministry has generated over 7,000MVA of electricity.