A Review of the Nigerian Energy Industry

NERC assures power consumers of protection

Anayo Okoli

20 August 2012, Sweetcrude, UMUAHIA—THE Chairman of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, Dr. Sam Amadi, weekend, assured that the commission would protect the interest of consumers in the post privatised electricity industry.

This came as Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State charged the commission to develop the right attitude to work to ensure that the new electricity industry succeeded for Nigerians to enjoy increased electricity supply.

Amadi who spoke in Umuahia during Power Consumer Assembly organised by the commission, described the consumer as “very important stakeholder that must be informed and heard loudly and clearly.”

Amadi, who was represented by Patrick Umeh noted that the commission was poised to ensure that the electricity industry was modeled to achieve international best practice.

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  • We commend NERC for its predisposition towards consumer protection, but we certainly don’t feel protected at the moment and want to believe that if NERc cannot protect power consumers now, expecting us to be assured of protection in a post privatisation era would be expecting too much.

  • I do not believe in all these promises that I know will not be followed closely. Let take for instance that I heard Mr Amadi say many times that there will be no more meter service charge, but what do we see today? PHCN have started charging people again for 500 Naira every month in my area in lagos. Since that simple one cannot be dealt with, I don’t know what else he will be promising us again. He should at least start from there. I am watching.