The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Jummai Alhassan has lamented the consistent blackout at the Federal Secretariat in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja.
She hinted that the delay in submitting necessary documents for the 2017 budget defense to the House of Representatives was as a result of the consistent blackout.
According to her, they had worked without power supply for weeks.
The Minister made this known on Tuesday while addressing the House Committee on Women Affairs and Social Development in Abuja.
She said, “The challenge we had is that, sometimes at the secretariat, we stay for three, four, five weeks without light.
“Right now, this is the third week that we have stayed without light.
“The permanent secretary and I had to raise money personally to buy diesel at the Women Centre to do it.
“At the time, because there was no light we couldn’t retrieve data from the desk top computers.
“Unfortunately, we did not have the data in flash drives, so it was partly our fault and partly not ours.
“But all I can say is that, honourable chairman, we sincerely apologize.
“We are very sorry for that and it will not repeat itself,” the Minister stated.