By Festus Ahon
ASABA—THE National Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, has opened a forum office in Asaba, Delta State, to resolve issues between the Benin Electricity Distribution Company, BEDC and its customers.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Solid Minerals, Senator James Manager, who unveiled the Asaba office said that the initiative will enhance NERC’s mandate of protecting customers’ rights and obligations.
Manager, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Energy, Mr Newworld Safugha, hinged the success of the ongoing reforms in the sector on the level of interaction among stakeholders.
He canvassed support for the distribution companies to ensure that consumers’ rights were protected.
“These companies must ensure that Nigerians have adequate power supply,” he said.
Manager said that the forum would serve as a platform and a major talk point for the resolution of electricity issues from various communities, adding that it also has the mandate to ensure that Deltans have adequate and reliable supply of power.
He stressed that the Federal Government efforts were quite glaring and it will not rest until it has achieved the total desire to provide adequate electricity to Nigerians.
Earlier, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, also represented by the state Commissioner For Energy, Mr Newworld Safugha said that the NERC forum office has long been expected.
Okowa urged NERC to find a lasting solution to the issues of electrocutions in the state, stressing that outrageous bill was the major problem between NERC and consumers and stressed the need for them to find solution to avert such cases.