Member representing Bosso constituency, Hon Malik Madaki Bosso.

By Akawu Ibrahim

Niger state House of Assembly has constituted a nine member fact finding committee to look into why Abuja Electricity Development Company (AEDC) collects bills even where communities provide electricity facilities for themselves.

This is sequel to a motion moved by member representing Bosso constituency, Hon Malik Madaki Bosso seeking lasting solution to the incessant collection of monthly bills by AEDC where communities mobilize to provide electricity components.

He argued that over the years, transformers, armoured cables, high tension cables, polls, etcetera which are provided by the communities through contributions or by their political office holders do not benefit the communities because immediately the lines are activated, the AEDC begins to collect electricity bills.

He said where those facilities are provided by the community, the community must benefit through non-payment of electricity bills until such a time the amount expended in providing the electricity is defrayed.

Hon Malik Madaki Bosso asked the house to resolve that electricity consumers who provided electric components should not pay any bills until the amount expended in the provision of the facilities are defrayed or AEDC refund to the members of the community what had been expended by them.

The house however decided that a committee be set up since it was a technical matter which a thorough engagement with stakeholders must be carried out.

The committee, chaired by the former speaker of the house, Ahmed Marafa Guni, was given three weeks to conclude the assignment.