The governor of Dhi Qar Yahya al-Nasseri said on Monday that the company, “Himalaya” contracted with the Ministry of Electricity to privatize the distribution sector in the province in response to the demands of the demonstrators, revealing that the ministry contracted with the company without reference to the local government to resort to the Federal Court to force the ministry to back down from the contract.
“In response to the demands of the people of the province of Dhi Qar against the privatization companies and in implementation of the decision of the Dhi Qar provincial council, we announce today the suspension of the Himalaya company from work and the departments of the province assume full responsibility,” Yahya al-Naciri said.
He called the governor, “the people of the province of Dhi Qar cooperation and joint work with the distribution departments and support the collection of electricity to confirm that the people of the province are cooperating in the process of collection and can the local departments to carry out collection tasks properly”
He called on the House of Representatives and the Ministry of Electricity and the Energy Committee to review prices and pay attention to the proposals of the province of Dhi Qar previously on reducing the price of units for residential and commercial residents to suit the potential of the citizens of the province, who lead the levels of poverty in Iraq.
“The unit prices should take into account the middle and poor class, so that they can abide by the law and support local constituencies,” he said.
A number of protesters against the privatization project in Dhi Qar were injured on Friday after a cement block fell on them during their protest outside the governor’s house.