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.”