A senior lawyer, Femi Falana, has called on state governments to challenge the laws restricting them from generating electricity in their states, Premium Times reports.
Mr. Falana made the call in Lagos on Wednesday at the launch of a report by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP). He said state governments must begin to exercise their constitutional rights by challenging the control of electricity generation, distribution and transmission by the federal government. According to him; “Items 13 and 14 of the schedule to the constitution stipulate that state governments shall have power to generate electricity outside the national grid.”
“So, we must really challenge the control of our affairs by the government in Abuja,” he said. He went on to say; “The power Reforms Act of 2005 is largely illegal because it has attempted to concentrate power and electricity on the federal government and private companies contrary to the provisions of the constitution. That’s why we are challenging state governments, stop going to Abuja, stop begging federal government to give you power to establish electricity companies in your state.”