The Senate President, David Mark, has decried the ceaseless epileptic power supply in the country despite the promises made in the wake of the privatisation of the sector.
He spoke in Abuja while receiving the management of the Electricity Management Services Limited in Abuja Friday.
“In spite of the high expectations and promises on account of the privatisation of the power sector, Nigerians are yet to feel the positive impact of the sector,” Mr. Mark said.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Power, Godknows Igali, had stated on Thursday that the power output had dropped from 4,500MW to 2,800MW, blaming it on “vandalism of gas pipelines”.
Mr. Mark charged operators of the industry to give meaning to the privatisation by making the sector work so that citizens could enjoy in interrupted power supply.
He noted that the snail speed of development in the power sector does not give credence to the privatisation exercise and the expectations of Nigerians.
He also challenged industry operators to get rid of quacks in the profession in order to give consumers quality services.
The Senate President tasked them to take the bull by the horn by embarking on manufacturing of electrical tools instead of relying totally on importation saying that importation should only compliment.
This, he said would save cost and curtail capital flight besides creating jobs for the populace.
Earlier, the managing Director of EMLS, Peter Ewesor, explained that the mandate of the agency includes but not limited to ensuring that electrical equipment used in the energy supply industry are of the right quality, standards and specifications.
He added that the agency ensures the safety of lives and property within the grid and off grid networks.
The EMSL is one of the players in the electricity supply industry established in accordance with the provisions of part 1 section 8 of the power sector reform act 2005 and the supplementary regulations number 46/47 (B499-452 ) of the federal government official Gazette no 374 of 2010.