Court asked to stop Government from spending #2b on Generators

SERAP and Lateef Olawale Yussuf (a Nigerian tax payer and one affected by the subject matter of the suit) have asked the Federal High Court in Lagos to stop the Federal Government from spending #2b on generators (two billion naira) as alternative source of electricity to government offices, saying that, “The dependence on generators severely limits the Federal Government’s ability to resolve the problem of poor electricity services in the country.”

In the suit number FHC/L/CS/42/09 dated 16 January 2009, the Plaintiffs stated that, “Unless the Court hears this case and grants the reliefs requested, millions of Nigerians will continue to have their economic and social rights violated and the government will take no concrete action to address the problems in the power sector.”

Joined as Defendants in the suit are: the President of Nigeria, Minister of Interior; the Power Holding Company of Nigeria; Minister of Petroleum, Gas and Power; and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice. The suit is pending in court.

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