Movement for Socialist Alternative (MSA) has urged the Nigerian government to come up with new methods to resolve electricity issues.
Spokesperson for the MSA, Dimeji Macaulay, made the call following President Muhammadu Buhari’s presentation of the 2021 budget estimate to a joint session of the national assembly.
Buhari said the main thrust of the 2021 budget was to complete as many ongoing projects, including those in the power sector.
The government appropriated N198 billion for power including N150 billion for the power sector recovery plan under the capital project.
Reaction to the allocation for the power sector, Macaulay said new methods needed to be employed to investigate past allocations to check how much was duly spent.
‘This is not the first time huge amount of money will be budgeted for the power sector, past and present government in the past had spent billions of naira on power’, he said.
‘We need to fight for improved distribution to consumers by metering the houses and also end excess use of public money by the electricity distribution companies (DISCOs)’.
He also called for the end of the estimated billing system by the distribution companies, adding that citizens are having to pay for electricity ‘through their noses’.
Macaulay appealed to the federal government to ensure that Nigerians are allowed to supervise the budget for the power sector
He said, ‘If it is a budget of recovery, we must see improvement in the next couple of months’.
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