Shocking! Power ministry to spend N158m on generator maintenance and fueling
The Federal Government is proposing to spend a total of N158m for the maintenance and fuelling of generators at the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing.
According to the budget proposal for the ministry in the 2018 Appropriation Bill that is currently before the National Assembly, part of the N158m is to be used by the FMPWH to also fuel motor vehicles.
Findings by our correspondent showed that virtually all the agencies under the ministry, as well as the FMPWH headquarters, proposed to spend millions of naira on generator fuel in the 2018 fiscal year.
This, however, was despite the occasional pronouncements of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, that his ministry was working hard to increase Nigeria's power production and supply, stabilise it, as well as make it constant.
An analysis of the 2018 Appropriation Bill for the FMPWH showed that the ministry headquarters in Abuja will be spending the highest amount on maintenance of plants/generators, plant/generator fuel cost and motor vehicle fuel cost than the individual spending on the same items in all other agencies under the ministry.
The FMPWH headquarters will spend N26.6m, N16.3m and N36.6m on maintenance of plants/generators, plant/generator fuel cost and motor vehicle fuel cost, respectively.
For the three items highlighted earlier, the National Rural Electrification Agency is to spend N2.5m, N7.5m and N5m, respectively, while the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency will spend N2m, N4m and N7m, respectively.
Similarly, the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria is to spend N1.5m each on maintenance of plants/generators, plant/generator fuel cost and motor vehicle fuel cost, while the Nigerian Electricity Liability Management Company will spend N2.3m, N3.3m and N5.4m, respectively.
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, the Transmission Company of Nigeria and the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company had no allocation for maintenance of plants/generators, plant/generator fuel cost and motor vehicle fuel cost.
Other agencies under the FMPWH, including the Office of the Surveyor-General of the Federation, Federal School of Survey, Federal Road Maintenance Agency, Survey Council of Nigeria and Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, had allocations for maintenance of plants/generators, plant/generator fuel cost and motor vehicle fuel cost.
Also, N10.6m was allocated for plant/generator fuel cost at FERMA.
Further findings showed that a total of N40.8m was allocated for the maintenance of plants/generators in the ministry, N50.9m for plant/generator fuel cost and N66.2m was proposed for motor vehicle fuel cost.
This brings the total to N158m.
Text credit: PUNCH