In a bid to hold electricity contractors accountable for making consumers pay for darkness, stakeholders have demanded the institutionalization of anti-corruption strategies in the power sector.
This follows the Town Hall Meeting put together by an NGO, Centre for Health Equity and Justice (CEHEJ) in Ikeja, Lagos to find a lasting solution to Nigeria’s power problems.
Concerned about the poor power situation in the country, stakeholders decried the state of corruption and how it is affecting the nation and the power sector in particular, saying “we believe that effective monitoring and supervision of the power sector through better commitment on the part of government and investigating and/or prosecuting agencies to prosecute and if found culpable, blacklist non-performing contractors
According to the organizers, the aim of the program is to finding solutions to the unanswered questions which have been disturbing many Nigerians
One of the guest speakers at the event, Barrister Sunday Oduntan pointed out that the time has come for people to demand how they are being served by electricity suppliers, adding that there is need for institutional reforms in the sector.
Oduntan, who is the spokesman for all the Discos, noted that “Inaction of most Nigerians have been giving rooms for corruption in the sector.
CEHEJ in launching the magazine, titled “Kept in Darkness-Holding Non-Performing Electricity Contractors Accountable,” suggested, “Federal Government, the bidding and award of contracts processes in the power sector should be streamlined and made more transparent.
CEHEJ further claimed that in view of top-down model of electricity governance in Nigeria encourages corruption and other illegal dealings, despite the reforms, the electricity sector has continue to wallow in endemic corruption, pointing out that “Stemming the trend of corruption in the power sector.