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Senate Targets Osinbajo, Fashola, Others Over Multimillion Dollar Power Deal by dre11(m): 8:10pm On Jul 23
• Nigeria risks $1.2bn fine, legal experts, lawmakers to explore legal options


The Senate, yesterday, initiated moves to reverse the multimillion power sector deal spearheaded by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016.

Vice President Yemi Osibanjo, Babatunde Fashola and others who were part of the team are believed to have erroneously signed an agreement that was not in favour of Nigeria.

The Presidential Power Reform Transaction, which was headed by Osibanjo when the deal was struck obligated Nigeria to pay between $30 million and $33 million monthly to Azura for power for powers generated, even if not “dispatched.”

The power generated is expected to be transmitted through the national grid — by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

The Senate at its plenary, yesterday, said Nigeria stands to lose about $1.2 billion if the country defaults or revokes the current agreement with power generation companies.

Chairman of the Senate committee on Power, Gabriel Suswam, while briefing the Senate on the existing agreement, said part of the deal the Federal Government had during the power sector reforms was that the investors will have the legitimacy to pull about $1.2 billion from the country’s foreign reserve.

The revelations were made during the consideration of a report on addressing Nigeria’s power sector problems.’

Senators who spent over two hours debating the issue agreed that in order to have constant power supply, the existing power sector agreements on two power plants carried out by the administration of President Buhari must be reviewed.

However, some lawmakers, who were predominantly lawyers warned that there could be severe sanctions if the documents were not properly studied before an action is taken.

Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, Ajibola Basiru, Chukwuka Utazi and other lawyers in the chamber, suggested that a high-powered committee made up of legal practitioners in the upper legislative chamber and senior lawyers outside should be set up to review the agreements.

They are expected to specifically examine the agreement on Azura and Aku Gas Plants, as well as power purchase contracts.

Giving more insights into the agreement, Suswam said the agreement involves a monthly payment of $30 million by the Federal Government to the two power generating companies, despite their inability to produce the required units.

They said since the government and power companies have defaulted, loopholes should be explored to protect Nigeria from paying huge fines.

While Suswam in his committee’s report suggested that a loan should be given to generation and distribution companies, Lawan suggested that senators who are lawyers should study the various agreements signed by the government and explore ways of getting Nigeria out of the dilemma.

Suswam said: “The power sector is not liquid. We must realise that despite the privatisation of the power sector, government still have a stake of 40 percent. There are about 10 millions homes connected to the national grid. Out of that figure, only four million are metred. Government needs to come in and help the sector. There was a time the CBN gave a loan to the power sector to stabilise it. They’re paying back. Government can do the same thing. Let them give them money to bring in metres and then recover the money gradually.

“If the sector isn’t liquid, investors will not come in and put their money. Before power companies implement the new tariff next year, we need to have every family metred. Estimated billing is fraudulent and we need to do away with it.

“The privatisation was faulty from the beginning. We can’t completely blame them. There’s nothing wrong if we give subsidy to the power sector until they become stable and liquid.”

Senate Chief Whip, Orji Uzor Kalu, questioned the continuous subsidy paid by government to power companies. He said if the current status quo is maintained, Nigeria will never get it right.

He further argued that the power sector agreement should be revoked to offer opportunities to multinationals to bring in their funds and invest in sector, while lowering the interest rates.

“The sector is not viable. Even if the government puts N600 billion, nothing will change. We need to bring in multinationals to bring in their money. Are we really that stupid? Why did we privatise if we still needed to give them subsidy? Any power company that can’t do its job should give it back to the government. Government has no business giving subsidies to the sector. That can’t work. We need to stop this madness.”

Sam Egwu said: “The privatisation process was fraudulent. I was a board member. Even if we put all the money in the sector, nothing will happen. The privatisation was done in a hurry and we need to ensure we give it to capable hands who can provide electricity.

https://www.sunnewsonline.com/senate-targets-osibanjo-fashola-others-over-multimillion-dollar-power-deal/

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Re: Senate Targets Osinbajo, Fashola, Others Over Multimillion Dollar Power Deal by Sunofgod(m): 8:11pm On Jul 23
Nigerian Govt Officials & Politicians Awaiting Probe..........

Bloody thieves!

All of them!


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Re: Senate Targets Osinbajo, Fashola, Others Over Multimillion Dollar Power Deal by Aksnoopy: 8:18pm On Jul 23
So Osibanjo was actually a thief indeed. A self-acclaimed pastor conniving with politicians to steal billions from the masses.

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Re: Senate Targets Osinbajo, Fashola, Others Over Multimillion Dollar Power Deal by Racoon(m): 8:19pm On Jul 23
..The agreement involves a monthly payment of $30 million by the Fed.Govt to the two power generating companies, despite their inability to produce the required units.
This must be incredible if true.Meanwhile, the P & ID case is still hanging on this nation.

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Re: Senate Targets Osinbajo, Fashola, Others Over Multimillion Dollar Power Deal by Charleys: 8:23pm On Jul 23
I want to be the first to put Tinubu in this topic

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Re: Senate Targets Osinbajo, Fashola, Others Over Multimillion Dollar Power Deal by SmartProf(m): 8:30pm On Jul 23
I think the two supporting horses and eagle on the coat of arm of Nigeria should be replaced with images of people weeping, unemployed, and in abject poverty. Other parts of the coat of arm should show images of massive looting by politicians and top govt officials. That's what Nigeria truely is.

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Re: Senate Targets Osinbajo, Fashola, Others Over Multimillion Dollar Power Deal by izzyboi(m): 9:11pm On Jul 23
What's going on sad

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Re: Senate Targets Osinbajo, Fashola, Others Over Multimillion Dollar Power Deal by stevearagorn(m): 9:11pm On Jul 23
Huhnnnn
Re: Senate Targets Osinbajo, Fashola, Others Over Multimillion Dollar Power Deal by Patrioticman007(m): 9:12pm On Jul 23
EOP..... Enemies Of Progress at work against Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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Re: Senate Targets Osinbajo, Fashola, Others Over Multimillion Dollar Power Deal by EyezofGod120: 9:12pm On Jul 23
angry make dem leave star boi alone jor

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Re: Senate Targets Osinbajo, Fashola, Others Over Multimillion Dollar Power Deal by noble71(m): 9:12pm On Jul 23
shocked
Chop make I chop government.
Fela said it before now.......ITT...



Meanwhile Sell your Ethereum with us.

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Re: Senate Targets Osinbajo, Fashola, Others Over Multimillion Dollar Power Deal by Ogonimilitant(m): 9:12pm On Jul 23
Ok
Re: Senate Targets Osinbajo, Fashola, Others Over Multimillion Dollar Power Deal by gasparpisciotta: 9:13pm On Jul 23
If true...then very sad
Re: Senate Targets Osinbajo, Fashola, Others Over Multimillion Dollar Power Deal by deepwater(f): 9:13pm On Jul 23
Certainly something Is wrong somewhere
The innner caucus are aware that the house may fall any moment from now.
So it is more if grab what you can now make create trouble over it, drag anybody into so the matter will just scatter.

When the house falls down, you won't be held alone to account for anything. In fact people go plenty for the matter, nobody go know who to hold.

That way, them go forget everything for god hand. Who don collect don collect.

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Re: Senate Targets Osinbajo, Fashola, Others Over Multimillion Dollar Power Deal by SLAP44: 9:13pm On Jul 23
Knocking out another two presidential hopefuls from the SW, just like they did Oladipo Diya and Adisa grin

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Re: Senate Targets Osinbajo, Fashola, Others Over Multimillion Dollar Power Deal by Quicktimerz(m): 9:13pm On Jul 23
Where do you see this GIFs from...funny nairalanders


Sunofgod:
Nigerian Gov
Officials..........


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Re: Senate Targets Osinbajo, Fashola, Others Over Multimillion Dollar Power Deal by Projen: 9:13pm On Jul 23
;
Sunofgod:
Nigerian Govt Officials..........


grin grin grin

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Re: Senate Targets Osinbajo, Fashola, Others Over Multimillion Dollar Power Deal by zombieTRACKER: 9:13pm On Jul 23
APc is an evil party

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Re: Senate Targets Osinbajo, Fashola, Others Over Multimillion Dollar Power Deal by money121(m): 9:13pm On Jul 23
Ok
Re: Senate Targets Osinbajo, Fashola, Others Over Multimillion Dollar Power Deal by NaijaRoyalty(m): 9:14pm On Jul 23
Lol

Star Boy on the beat
Re: Senate Targets Osinbajo, Fashola, Others Over Multimillion Dollar Power Deal by Thecvbankng: 9:14pm On Jul 23
The current three arm of the Nigerian government is made up of

Legislooters

Executhieves

And Judisharers

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Re: Senate Targets Osinbajo, Fashola, Others Over Multimillion Dollar Power Deal by airminem(f): 9:15pm On Jul 23
Atiku would have sold naija had it been . . . .

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Re: Senate Targets Osinbajo, Fashola, Others Over Multimillion Dollar Power Deal by festacman(m): 9:15pm On Jul 23
This report simply targeted VP Osinbajo. It said many things in general but nothing substantial in particular. We play politics with too many things in this country but lack the capacity for critical and strategic thinking.

My dear senators, the point to start is the IMMEDIATE review of that FAULTY privatization that gave to DISCOS and GENCOS that still guzzle money like dry sand does to water instead generating power. Fix the faulty foundation, first. Any other thing is simply muddling things or looking for money to loot.

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Re: Senate Targets Osinbajo, Fashola, Others Over Multimillion Dollar Power Deal by blinking001(m): 9:16pm On Jul 23
Something is definitely heating up behind closed doors. No matter what happens Osinbanjo should be left alone. probing season is here again.

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Re: Senate Targets Osinbajo, Fashola, Others Over Multimillion Dollar Power Deal by nanauju(f): 9:16pm On Jul 23
shocked
Re: Senate Targets Osinbajo, Fashola, Others Over Multimillion Dollar Power Deal by FrLukas(m): 9:16pm On Jul 23
Things taken for granted in other climes become rocket science in Nigeria.

Shame on us all.

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Re: Senate Targets Osinbajo, Fashola, Others Over Multimillion Dollar Power Deal by neurowale001(m): 9:18pm On Jul 23
WE BUY, WE SELL, GOOD CARS
Re: Senate Targets Osinbajo, Fashola, Others Over Multimillion Dollar Power Deal by GboyegaD(m): 9:18pm On Jul 23
This is the probing session. I hope this isn't just some jamboree and they will get to a logical conclusion on these probes and arraign anyone found to have mismanaged funds.

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Re: Senate Targets Osinbajo, Fashola, Others Over Multimillion Dollar Power Deal by Pyroex(m): 9:19pm On Jul 23
Welcome to the zoo!

Useless British contraption.
Man-made entity

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