Power sector transformation hinges on regulator-consumer collaboration – Govt

Power transformer04 September 2014, Benin – The Federal Government on Thursday hinged the success of the on-going reforms in the nation’s power sector on level of interaction of the stakeholders.

The Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo, disclosed this at the commissioning of the National Electricity Regulatory Commission Forum Office in Benin, the Edo State Capital.

Professor Nebo stated that since the introduction of privatisation into the power sector, the federal government deemed it fit to initiate a framework which involved the participation of all stakeholders in the reform process.

Professor Nebo, who was represented by an official of the ministry, Ibrahim Abba, said that the complaint forum would serve as a platform and a major talk point for the resolution of all electricity issues from various communities.

“The commission has the mandate to ensure that Nigerians have adequate, reliable and available supply of power.

“Let me use this opportunity to emphasise that the federal government’s efforts are quite glaring and it will not rest on it oars until it has achieved the desire to provide electricity for all. It takes the commitment of all stakeholders and patience of the consumers to achieve this goal.

“There is no gain-saying that the success of the electricity sector is dependent on the effective coordination of the sector,” he said.

Governor Oshiomhole, who was represented by the Commissioner for Water and Energy, Chris Ebari, while noting that office would reduce the rate of complaints, called for an expansion of the initiative to the rural areas for better service delivery.

Earlier, the Chairman of NERC, Dr. Sam Amadi, said that the forum office was set up specifically to bridge the gap between power consumers and the electricity distribution company in the state.


– This Day

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