08 September 2014, Benin – The National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has opened a forum office in Benin, the Edo State capital, to be closer to the consumers in addressing unresolved electricity issues between the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) and its customers within latter’s coverage area of Edo state.
Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo, who commissioned the office, said that the initiative would enhance NERC’s mandate of protecting the right. Nebo, who was represented by a Deputy Director in the Ministry, Omololu Ogunleye, hinged the success of ongoing reforms in the sector on level of interaction among the stakeholders.
He called for support for the distribution companies to ensure that consumers’ rights were protected. “These companies must ensure that Nigerians have adequate power supply,” he stressed. Ogunleye said that the forum would serve as a platform and a major talk point for the resolution of electricity issues from various communities.
“The commission has the mandate to ensure that Nigerians have adequate and reliable 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.