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Thursday, April 02, 2020

Gbajabiamila Meets Ministers, CBN Gov, NERC Over Viral Protest Video By Actress Ada Ameh

The Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, on Wednesday met with the Minister of Power, Mr. Sale Mamman and the management of the National Electricity Regulatory Commission over a viral video by Nollywood actress, Ada Ameh.






Ameh had in the viral video protested the poor electricity supply to Nigerians during the ongoing lockdown in major parts of the country to prevent the spread of Covid-19.


With the speaker at the meeting was the Minority Leader, Rep. Ndudi Elumelu; and Deputy Minority Whip, Rep. Adesegun Adekoya.


While NERC was represented by its Commissioner on Compliance, Dafe Akpeneye, those that joined the meeting via virtual connection were Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed; Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele; and the Group Managing Director (GMD) of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Mele Kyari.


In his opening remark, Gbajabiamila expressed dismay over the barrage of calls and messages from many Nigerians through his social media account, reacting to the protest video and called for prompt action.


“It has become imperative that I urgently call for this meeting to find a solution to the poor supply of electricity during this lockdown period. If we ask people to stay at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, at least we have to make their homes comfortable for them to stay.


"The complaints have just been too much in the last 24 hours. There are people also in the hospital now without electricity; we need to brainstorm over an urgent solution," he said


On his part, Minister of Power, Mamman, highlighted the challenges encountered by power generating companies (GENCOs) and the possible intervention of the leadership of the House of Representatives.


"We are aware of the challenges faced by Nigerians, so we have started talking to GENCOs, because they have been complaining that Discos are not paying and only about 20% of their dues are remitted.


So, the GENCOs are facing technical and revenue shortfall. Consequently, they can’t as well meet their financial obligations to gas companies. The Discos also pay less of their generated revenue to GENCOs, because they complain about power theft by consumers, high technical costs, etc.


“The sum of N130 billion is what the government gives GENCOs to augment the shortfall of payments not fulfilled by Discos. We still have about N1.2 trillion payment shortfall in all. I have been begging the gas suppliers to please, in the interest of Nigerians, release gas to the GENCOs. The shortfalls are accruals from the problem of estimated billing, non-payment of bills by estimated customers, etc.


“What the NASS can do is to plead with CBN to help with funds to enable the Federal Government to augment the revenue shortfall to enable government pay gas companies and thereafter bring all the critical stakeholders to a table,”, the power minister said.


In his contribution, the NERC Commissioner on Compliance, Mr. Akpaneye, assured the Speaker and the leadership of the House that the commission is committing the Discos to a new guideline that shows empathy with Nigerians during this COVID-19 lockdown.


“All NERC Commissioners are in the Situation Room in our office monitoring GENCOs and Discos activities. We know the demand for this power during this lockdown is for residential, since most industries are on lockdown, so we are going to release a new guideline and sanction electricity companies that can’t show empathy during this period."


Also speaking, the GMD of NNPC, Kyari hinted that the problem with the Trans Vocados gas line was resolved Wednesday morning and gave assurance of supply of gas to enable GENCOs to generate power.


The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed and the CBN, Godwin Emefiele, in their various contributions, gave accounts of complications arising from the non-fulfilment of financial obligations by the electricity stakeholders but assured of interventions in the interest of Nigerians who are observing the lockdown order.


At the end of the meeting, all the critical stakeholders assured the Speaker and the leadership of the House of their commitment to ensuring power supply. They, however, agreed to reconvene in the next few days to find lasting solutions to the challenges in the sector beyond the lockdown period.

40 comments:

  1. May something positive come out of it.
    #Times when I love social media πŸ’‹

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  2. Shameful people. When darkness rules Nigeria, how will light come.

    No light in many places. If Adah has not made that video, you all would still be staying at home.

    Shame to you all

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    1. Tell your friends, cousin, sister, colleagues and relatives cheating NEPA that coronavirus is pay back for them. I'm not even kidding. How can pastors, born again couple, ministers in church call electricians to tweak their metres so that their air conditioners don't read on their metres. If over 1 million people are cheating NEPA please tell me how Disco will balance their account. An average Nigerian mindset is warped, how they don't see it as sin baffles me. And the same people are first to curse government. Same way they register business and not pay tax but expect Obodo oyinbo life. If you try that abroad you what's up. Even if na puff puff you dey sell for your shop as long as you register, pay tax, pay correct electricity bill, no tap metre and light from people. As for government, face the heat, for your incompetency. All of us, dey here, no more flying to Obodo abroad for pizza and vacation for your children. Una sef go hear am.

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    2. They twerk because of poverty and exorbitant bills. The only way to afford the kind of bills sent both for estimated and metered bill is either by twerking it or by corruption.

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  3. Na so, where is the damn power now

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  4. The power situation has never been so bad, this is an area that gets at least 20hrs of power daily. From that to no power at all.

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  5. Ada Ameh video really touched me. I appreciate her effort and boldness to address the most pressing issue of Nigerian populace. If Nigeria Government are able to achieve constant power supply like Ghana a lot of our depressing,annoying and irritating issues will be addressed. When a responsible citizen cries out, Nigeria will listen. Emumu, thanks

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  6. This ones are just talking in the nonsense and talking in the rubbish and the thing dat has no exact meaning! Those of us in yaba , Ebute metta east will tell u how we dint v light for almost a month Nd 7 days today black out! We tort transformer has spoilt only for us to find out its bcos of d railway they r fixing dat affected our cables!! Wickedness!!!! They could not find a solution other than cut about 5 whole areas out ? This gout is run by evil beings! Tnk u Ada Umeh u v done well.

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    1. I'm in Yaba sometimes also and even though light is not constant, we didn't have black out.... It was only yesterday that I know that they didn't bring the light throughout until night, I think!!

      They can do better sha

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    2. Nonsense talk Cookie, so because you also live in Yaba then it means it's the same area you both live in😏? Can't remember Yaba being a small area.
      Why are some of you like this?
      Alatako

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    3. Ensure Metra East is known for blackout especially during the day.

      But Yaba, light is back to back. I think God because I don't know what o would have done with total blackouts.

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    4. Cookie let her complain in peace now,whats your own? U people are the problem in this country, so because you sometimes have light in your house then that meeting shouldnt have even held sef, abi?

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  7. Wow when you use Social media in a positive way... It will bring back positive returns

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  8. We need more call out for this thieves to sit up

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  9. Clout chasing 101, Nor be today yansh dey back,so these pathetic people wan talk say Dem nor know say power nor dey Nigeria since 1960,have we ever had stable power supply in these country? So what are they doing virtual conferencing for,bloody no-good wretches.

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    1. Do people even know the meaning of "clout chasing" before throwing the word around??
      Clout chasing means trying to bootlick or leverage on the influence of a powerful person to obtain advantage..
      Now, how does clout chasing come into this story now??
      Chizzy J..

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  10. And the fools wants to ban gen.
    So if the actress havnt cried they wouldn’t have “conveyed”?

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    1. Don't mind the fools called leaders.

      They can do as they like but cannot be bigger than God

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  11. The power of social media. Use it positively, the world, even Nigeria will change for the better to best. Even to 'bestest' sef.
    Thanks Aunty Ada Ameh, your rant was genuine, I could feel the enough is enough in your voice, message and gestures.

    Hopefully this meeting will yield something good.

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  12. Power supply is so terrible, yet they want to increase tariff or they've even increased it. It's really annoying. If it should just rain like this, there wont be light for at least 2 days in my area. People stocked up the house due to the lockdown, no light to refrigerate perishable items.

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  13. I'm surprised kuz nobody is actually talking bout the ban of generators anymore 😌😌😌
    It is well☺️☺️
    Nigeria will be great... AmenπŸ™

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  14. Everyone need to call them out via social media to see if something will be done in respect to power.

    Stay at home yet no light to even watch news, what is the stay at home without power supply πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ™„ Ndi ara.

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  15. You guys see that there's some form of power and regards to the voices these celebrities.

    If Nigerian celebrities have been using their voices on issues that truly affect the masses, the government will listen and respond.

    God bless this woman for speaking out and making this video.

    Ms.A

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    1. Honestly.
      It’s so sad most of them are brain dead.

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  16. The executive branch of the Govt.should have spear-headed this meeting..The speaker is doing the job of "someone"in the executive.
    What a shame to hear the same rehashed excuses from the excutive we have beem hearing the past 6years. Shame

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    1. Because the executive is made up mainly from the enemies of Nigeria that are concerned only and about their people who are majority mediocre, backward and greedy. It shall not be well with this executive. If only this coro will finish the work it started in that Aso Rock villa

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  17. The light is very frustrating.. We only see our light at night from 10pm.

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  18. The power of social media, nice one... But in my area where I reside, the power supply has been very good honestly.

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  19. If only our leaders know and understand thel OPPORTUNITY COST OF LIVING IN DARKNESS, no one will teach them to ensure 24 hours power supply. They choose to be blind, let them keep buying and selling with Nigeria. One day, they'll wake up to governing only their families and the loots home and abroad will not be able to deliver them.

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  20. Even my area too, they hardly take light, If at all they do, in 10mins or less it will be restored.

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  21. The supply around my area has been good though. But all the same, thank very much ma'am for speaking on behalf of the masses. God bless you.

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  22. There have been almost 24hours power supply in my area Magodo,since someone sued them last year. But the bill is times two though

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  23. Am reporting from Imude,Ojo area.
    A place where the Community leader shared our transformer with three communities over greediness.
    While he uses solar.
    He gets 50litres of fuel every weekend from the only fuel station in imude, Why?? So we don't have constant light and continue to buy more fuel .
    Its been almost a month NO light.
    Meanwhile Shibiri, just 5mins away enjoy light frequently.
    We resorted to sharing light 2days on&off.. Still no light.
    OTO AWORI is tired of settling the community with the Baale.
    He doesn't listen to anyone again.
    And guess what, NEPA works with him.
    If youths protest, means no light for months.
    If your light is disconnected, don't bother, the wire is chilling at Baale palace where it's dropped

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    1. This is corruption and totally unacceptable. If you can buy prepaid meter,Please do so that you only pay for what you use.

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  24. OAP Ada take this issue to Twitter,peeps will help you blow it till Gov Sanwo intervenes.

    This Nepa rubbish no concern me,they are not reliable, na ontop diesel dump we park moto,shikena.
    Ndi Ala

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  25. @Anonymous 09:40
    The correct word is "convened" and not "conveyed".
    They are not related at all.

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  26. It's very sad. I wish this kind of emergency that C-19 got can also be channeled to power issue. Let our billionaires throw their weights into it like C-19 too.

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  27. Sometimes I think if there is a coven that has sworn that we can never enjoy light in this country. And that coven IJN must die. I don't ever pray death on anything but this one is an exception for me. Whatever it is must die.

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    1. I agree with you completely. I mean, how can billions be budgeted annually for power yet Nigerians live in darkness. Those who have regularly pay through their nose.

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