By Chris Ochayi
ABUJA—The Federal Government has commenced steps at reviewing the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission’s, NERC, extant licenses and regulations to accommodate new entrants in the power generation and distribution chain.
The move was aimed at increasing competitiveness and performance in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry, NESI as relate to operations of Generating Companies, GENCOs, and Distribution Companies, DISCOs.
The decision was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the 6th top management retreat of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, held in Owerri, the Imo State capital, which also resolved to accelerate reform initiatives aimed at strengthening and repositioning the sector for efficient service delivery;
The seminar with theme; “Re-Inventing Governance for National Prosperity”, also resolved to support the merger of agencies and parastatals whose functions are duplicated for greater efficiency and productivity.
The communiqué stressed the need for officers to take ownership of responsibilities assigned to them to positively affect the lives of Nigerians through efficient delivery of services.
According to the communiqué participants “advocated the importance of polite service delivery with a smile in order to earn the trust and acceptance of members of the public. It urged participants to always be proactive and plan well ahead on how to deliver efficient services in anticipation of the impact of the rainy season on construction projects and power generation.”
The Communiqué further directed the Director, Public Buildings and Housing Department to coordinate all Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to implement a uniform standard of building and facilities maintenance under the National Infrastructure Maintenance Programme.
“Urged stakeholders in the Ministry to collaborate and build a sustainable training culture for each sector’s growth;