The House of Representatives have expressed displeasure at the Nigerian Electricity Management Services agency’s NEMSA failure to account for its 2019 Internally Generated Revenue and also criticized the Agency for its 2019 budget report.
The House Committee on Power, who grilled the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of NEMSA, Peter Ewesor, over the expenditure of the body and failure to account for its 2019 Internally Generated Revenue.
At the 2020 budget defence hearing held by the committee, the lawmakers also expressed concerns over the huge debts NEMSA owed contractors despite the release of 69 per cent of its capital vote for 2019.
The House also asked why NEMSA paid all its IGR into the Consolidated Revenue Fund, while the agency complained about a paucity of fund to execute critical projects.
The Chairman, House Services, and member of the committee, Mr Wale Raji, said, “The presentation is unacceptable because it questions the integrity of the document, because it will go into public record that if we accept the document, the next Assembly can look into it and ask questions as to who accepted that document.”
In his response Ewesor, said they remitted their revenue to the Single Treasury Account from January to September, stated that the decision was in line with a circular issued by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation prohibiting all fully-funded MDAs from spending their IGRs.
The Chairman of the committee, Mr Aliyu Magaji, issued an eight-hour ultimatum to the agency to present a comprehensive report, stating that, “budget defence is not a jamboree and it is a constitutional responsibility which must be done well”.
Meanwhile, according to the document Ewesor presented to the committee, 200 Nigerians were electrocuted between 2015 and June 2019.
Out of 147,688 energy meters tested by NEMSA, 147,342 were passed/certified. The agency also removed 73 bad/substandard transformers with false capacity/specifications outside extant regulations, and removed 437 substandard electric poles, 391 substandard channels, iron and angle; 1,047 insulators, 172 fuses and isolators; 439m substandard earth conductors; and 197 substandard feeders.
NEMSA said it inspected 263 electric concrete poles manufacturers out of which 114 passed and 149 failed.