15 March 2016, Sweetcrude, Abuja – The Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE, has faulted the composition of the board of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, insisting that non-involvement of engineers in key position negates the enabling Act the commission derive its power.
Speaking on ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ and other pressing national issues with bearing on engineering practice during an interactive session with the media, NSE President, Engr. Otis Anyaeji said that the Society had written a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari with a view to correcting the lopsidedness.
He pointed out that NSE derived its power from Section 34(2)(a) and 34(3) of the Electric Power Reform Act 2005, which stipulated that engineers should form the core of members of the commission.
Some of the positions the Society is seeking to be headed by an engineer include Chairman, Commissioner for Generation, Commissioner for Transmission, Commissioner for Systems Operation and Commissioner for Distribution/Marketing.
Anyaeji noted that the demand was based on the belief that the involvement of engineers in the key positions would drive productivity and proper administration to achieve desired results hinged on effectiveness and efficiency.
According to him, “Section 34(2)(a) of Electric Sector Reform Act stipulates that those to be nominated as commissioners are to be those that are experienced in the generation, transmission, systems operations, marketing or distribution of electricity.”