Fashola Sets Up Monthly Meeting Over Electricity Issues

Babatunde Fashola, the minister of power, works and housing, on Monday, January 11, inaugurated a monthly meeting for representatives of power firms to address the many electricity issues in the country. Babatunde Fashola, the minister of power, works and housing According to Daily Trust, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has been convening a monthly meeting of the chief executives of power firms since December 2013, shortly after the federal government privatised many power assets in November that year. The meeting has not held in January as the last meeting was held in early December 2015, as the seven NERC commissioners vacated office on December 22. Hence, sources said the vacuum had triggered this direct monthly meeting of the Distribution companies (Discos), Generation companies (Gencos), the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and other power agencies with the minister. The former Lagos state governor, speaking at the TCN headquarters in Abuja before the meeting, said the monthly meeting would enable officials to hear operators on their concerns and create workable solutions for the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI). The minister of power, works and housing said that the new meeting would be rotated across the states. “Our plan is that this meeting will hold every second Monday of the month. So it is a fixed calendar, subject, of course, to any public holiday that falls on Monday and, in such a case, we will move it to the next Monday automatically,” he said. Just recently, the minister of power, works and housing, revealed his 13-point agenda to revive the power sector. According to Fashola, the agenda involves continuous public engagement on tariff collection, debts, power generation, maintenance, ancillary services, dispatch orders and discipline. Other areas include gas requirement and constraints, transmission constraints, 33KV load off take, imbalances-locations of excess, overload safety, service quality, new captive and embedded generation, franchising and other issues relevant to the growth of the sector.

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