The Finance Committee of the House of Representatives has decided to invite the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; and Energy Minister, Abubakar Aliyu, to answer questions in the ongoing investigation into the Niger Delta Power Holding Company’s planned power plant sale.

Others appearing before the committee include the heads of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc, the Bureau of Public Procurement and the NDPHC.

The committee will extend the invitation after two consecutive days – Monday and Tuesday – questioning top officials of the Transmission Company of Nigeria without getting satisfactory answers to questions about the take-or-pay agreement with a power Generation Company, Azura Power West. Africa Limited, forcing the country to pay the company $33 million a month whether it supplies power or not.

Committee chairman James Faleke said: “We will invite all these agencies. The heads of these agencies must appear. We will inform them at a later date of the convenient date that suits all of us.”

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Faleke made the announcement Tuesday during the commission’s ongoing investigative hearing in Abuja, where lawmakers blamed the TCN’s failure to build a power line to transport energy from the Azura plant, forcing the company to shut down the Osogbo-Benin high voltage line between stations.

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