‘Nigeria to get reg­u­lar power sup­ply be­fore 2016’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Aliyu M.Ha­m­agam, Minna

The federal govern­ment has been in­ten­si­fy­ing ef­forts to­wards steady sup­ply of gas so that the county can have reg­u­lar power sup­ply be­fore 2016, chair­man, Nigeria Elec­tric­ity Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion (NERC), Dr. Sam Amadi, has said.

Speak­ing with jour­nal­ists in Minna, Niger State yes­ter­day, he said with the po­lit­i­cal will of the present ad­min­is­tra­tion, in no dis­tance fu­ture, Nige­ri­ans will not be talk­ing about in­ad­e­quate power sup­ply.

He said his com­mis­sion re­cently is­sued li­cences to in­de­pen­dent pri­vate power plant oper­a­tors for gen­er­a­tion of over 20,000 megawatts of power within the next three years, adding that if the coun­try is able to gen­er­ate 12,000 megawatts, there will be reg­u­lar power sup­ply.

“Life has taught us that noth­ing is im­pos­si­ble. We can gen­er­ate 30,000 megawatts within the next one year if we want. Al­ready, we have is­sued li­cences to in­vestors to gen­er­ate over 20,000 megawatts be­fore 2016. I am sure that with all the ef­forts put in place, our power gen­er­a­tion will surely sur­pass our tar­get by 2016. The sec­tor has been with­out frame work; no cost re­lated terms and in­con­sis­tency in pol­icy have been the or­der of the sec­tor, but it is now be­ing reg­u­lated. This has built con­fi­dence in in­vestors which in turn will boost the sec­tor and our na­tional gen­er­a­tion level,” he added.

Amadi said NERC has started un­lock­ing the power sec­tor by em­bed­ding gen­er­a­tion reg­u­la­tion that al­low DIS­COs to es­tab­lish small mod­u­lar power gen­er­at­ing plants of be­tween 10 and 20 megawatts and sup­ply same within its ter­ri­tory with­out re­course to the na­tional grid.

On the con­tentious monthly ser­vice charge levied on elec­tric­ity con­sumers by var­i­ous DIS­COs, the NERC boss said the com­mis­sion has di­rected that no pay­ment should be made if elec­tric­ity is not been sup­plied for two weeks and above.

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