The Chairman, Senate Joint Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy, and Gas, Bassey Akpan, said the committee will commence on-the-spot assessment of the 215-Megawatt Kaduna Power Plant on Monday.
Akpan who made this disclosure in an interview with NAN, said that the Kaduna plant oversight was part of the committee’s investigation into alleged inconsistencies in contract implementation of the facility and its failure to generate electricity, also stating that similar oversight would be conducted in other gas plants across the country to ascertain their functionality.
“We are doing on-the-spot assessment of the plant on Monday and we will also be visiting every other gas-producing facility across the country, next week”, He said.
According to the chairman, “The revelations we have are quite disheartening. By the time we are done and we do our final report, it will be an eye-opener on the rot in the power sector”.
“The minister will definitely appear before us because he is not bigger than the Senate.
“We will give another date by the time we are done with the site visits”, he stressed.
Akpan said the committee would see to the end of the investigation, adding ‘if we must move forward as a country we must do the right thing’.
The joint committee had at its investigative hearing on Nov. 27, ordered suspension of the planned commissioning of the 215-Megawatt Kaduna Power Plant over inconsistencies in contract implementation pending conclusion of its investigation.