The House of Representatives last week mandated its Committee on Power to interface with the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) and the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to investigate the 10-year blackout in Ife South Local Council of Osun State.
The panel is also to probe the over N50 million alleged indebtedness to the power firm and report back to the lower legislative chamber in four weeks for further action.
The resolution followed the adoption of a motion on the “Need to Intervene in the Disconnection of Electric Power Supply to Ife South Local Government Area, Osun State” moved by Ajilesoro Taofek Abimbola at a plenary presided over by Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila.
Presenting the motion, Abimbola recalled that successive administrations had made efforts to reform the sector with a view to improving electricity supply to Nigerians, yet billions of naira had been expended with little to show for the huge investments, as the citizens still grapple with outage almost on a daily basis.
He informed the chamber that the affected council area, with its headquarters in Ifetedo town is made up of 15 communities, including Olode, Ayesan, Oke and Owena as well as over 50 villages like Daranjo, Dagbolu, Olorombo, Aba Oba, among others.
The legislator added that the local council which borders Ondo in the southern part of Ile-Ife, with high population density, is mainly peopled by civil servants, saw millers, artisans and farmers.