NERC Explains Why Nigeria Is Having Irregular Power Supply


By Jimi Disu

(Source: Jimi Disu’s Blog)

THE Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Dr. Sam Amadi, has given hints why Nigeria   has not started experiencing regular power supply   in spite   of privatisation of the power sector.

Amadi, who spoke in Lagos as a guest speaker during annual public lecture organised    by   the Institute   of the Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN), explained   that inadequate gas supply as well as low power generation capacity was   responsible for the intense erratic power supply   being experienced   in most states    of the federation.

The NERC boss, however, dispelled   the   popular belief that   cabals as well as generators   sellers    in   Nigeria    have conspired    to sabotage the power sector by ensuring that Nigerians do not experience   power supply, adding generator sellers are only filling a vacuum created   by   inadequate   power supply in Nigeria.

The theme   of the lecture was:  “Regulating The Power Sector-Opportunities, Prospects and Challenges.” ICSAN Registrar, Mr Dele Togunde, said   the lecture was one of the ways   by the institute   to contribute to national   development generally   and power sector specifically.

ICSAN Vice-President, Dr. Nat Ofo, called   on NERC to   create enabling environment    to boost utilisation   of   alternative sources   of power supply as palliative measures   to cushioning   effects of power blackout.  Ofo further urged the regulatory   body    to put in place mechanisms   to received and address complaints    from   electricity   consumers   as a mean   towards   strengthening power regulation in Nigeria.

Amadi said one of the major challenges   facing   power sector   today is non-availability of   enabling law   to empower   NERC or any other    regulatory body in the power sector to regulate   gas supply   in Nigeria, unlike what obtains   in developed economies   of the world where gas is heavily regulated.”

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