Barzani ac­knowl­edges his re­spon­si­bil­ity for the elec­tric­ity cri­sis

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Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani dis­cussed in the Min­istry of Elec­tric­ity in his gov­ern­ment the is­sue of the elec­tric­ity cri­sis and ways to ad­dress them, and as he em­pha­sized that re­spon­si­bil­ity lies on him pri­mar­ily as head of the gov­ern­ment. He stressed that the only al­ter­na­tive so­lu­tion is us­ing the nat­u­ral gas as an en­ergy source in gen­eral in the Re­gion.

A state­ment by the pres­i­dency of KRG, re­ported that Barzani vis­ited the Min­istry of Elec­tric­ity and held a meet­ing at­tended by Vice Pres­i­dent, Qubad Tal­a­bani with the Min­is­ter of Elec­tric­ity on Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 16, 2015, to dis­cuss the prob­lems and ob­sta­cles in the elec­tric­ity sec­tor and the cur­rent needs of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion in this area.

The state­ment said the Min­is­ter of Elec­tric­ity, Ab­dul- Sat­tar Babakir spoke in de­tail about the prob­lems, con­straints and the needs of the elec­tric­ity sec­tor in Kur­dis­tan, at the same time re­view­ing ways to ad­dress the prob­lems.

The state­ment added that Barzani stressed that the prob­lems and ob­sta­cles in the elec­tric­ity sec­tor is not the re­sult of to­day and not only the prob­lem of Min­is­ter of Elec­tric­ity who has hold this po­si­tion for a very short pe­riod of time, they are old prob­lems, stress­ing that the re­spon­si­bil­ity lies pri­mar­ily on the gov­ern­ment and Prime Min­is­ter him­self be­fore be­ing the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the Min­is­ter and the Min­istry of Elec­tric­ity.

Barzani men­tioned the con­tin­u­ous progress in the cities and towns and prov­inces of Kur­dis­tan that has in­creased the needs of Kur­dis­tan of elec­tri­cal power and it is nat­u­ral that there would be prob­lems and ob­sta­cles, adding that the gov­ern­ment, the min­istry and stake­hold­ers in the re­gion are seek­ing to make ef­forts con­tin­u­ously to ad­dress the prob­lems of the sec­tor.

Barzani an­nounced that his gov­ern­ment has al­lo­cat- ed an an­nual sum of three bil­lion dol­lars to sup­port the elec­tric­ity sec­tor, not­ing that there are many ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the use and waste of it.

For his part, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter of KRG, Qubad Tal­a­bani praised the steps to help Pesh­marga and de­liv­ery of elec­tri­cal power to the forces of the ma­jor­ity of the ar­eas that Pesh­marga need, not­ing that in ad­di­tion to th­ese ser­vices, the elec­tric­ity po­lice also par­tic­i­pated in the bat­tles against IS ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The state­ment noted that Barzani stressed, at the con­clu­sion of the meet­ing, the ne­ces­sity of find­ing al­ter­na­tive so­lu­tions, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Min­istry of Elec­tric­ity and other stake­hold­ers in Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment, ex­plain­ing that the only al­ter­na­tive would be through uti­liz­ing the nat­u­ral gas.

The Min­istry of Elec­tric­ity in Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment has faced a lot of crit­i­cism in re­cent times due to the lack of elec­tric­ity and its im­pact on many sec­tors.

Fol­low­ing the visit, the Prime Min­is­ter ad­dressed a num­ber of other top­ics in a press con­fer­ence in­clud­ing his re­cent Bagh­dad visit and meet­ing with Prime Min­is­ter Haider al Abadi re­gard­ing the bud­get and oil is­sues, the com­plaints and demon­stra­tions of the gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees about de­lays in pay­ing their salaries, the works of the in­ter­na­tional oil com­pa­nies in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, the talks about col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the cen­tral and re­gional gov­ern­ment for lib­er­at­ing Mo­sul as well as the ef­forts to re­lease the Pesh­marga hostages in cus­tody of the Is­lamic State ter­ror­ists.

Deputy PM Tal­a­bani also ad­dressed a cou­ple is­sues such as the funds Bagh­dad is plan­ning to send to Kur­dis­tan for Jan­uary salaries, which he said it is too lit­tle to pay the salaries. He also refuted ru­mors about a po­ten­tial meet­ing of the Oil and Gas Board about re­duc­ing fuel prices in the Re­gion.

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