Port Harcourt — Akwa Ibom State Governor, Elder Udom Emmanuel, has reported the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, PHEDC, to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, over insufficient power supply to costumers in the state.
Governor Udom in his petition to the regulatory body, argued that there was sufficient power generation from the state owned Ibom Power Plant to provide steady and quality electricity to the entire state, but PHED has refused to pick the load.
The governor said that the refusal of the Disco, which is responsible to for the distribution of electricity in Rivers, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Cross River States, to distribute electricity produced by the state owned power generation plant to customers in the state, was behind the incessant blackouts in the state.
He said section 46 of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act 2005, empowers NERC to conduct hearings, following receipt of petitions from aggrieved persons, in accordance with Rule 14 of NERC Business Rules 2006.
Meanwhile, NERC has invited PHED for a hearing on the matter, although the management of PHED is yet to comment on the matter.