The Senate has mandated its Committee on Power to investigate the activities of power generating and distribution companies with a view to unraveling the cause of unsteady power supply in Nigeria.
This resolved was reached by the Senate to a motion by Senator Chukwuka Utazi of the People’s Democratic Party, representing Enugu North was considered during plenary on Tuesday.
According to the lawmaker, Nigeria with a population of 200 million and an annual growth rate of 2.6 percent per annum, is the seventh most populous nation on earth, and unfortunately, the power generating or installed capacity of Nigeria in relation to its population and Gross Domestic Product cannot place the country to compete favourably in terms of development with other nations.
He called on the Federal Government to find solutions to the power deficits faced by the country.
The lawmaker while expressing optimism that Nigeria can set a realizable target of generating capacity of 100,000 megawatts in the next ten years, said the same can be achieved through a mix of energy sources such as natural gas, hydro, coal, wind and renewable energy.
He added that the various zones in the country are naturally positioned to take advantage of the various energy mix and renewables, particularly solar energy.