February 11, 2022

Power: NERC laments infrastructure deficits, wide metering gap


Signs MoU with FCCPC to protect customers

By Chris Ochayi – Abuja

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, Friday, lamented that the issues of infrastructure deficits and challenges of metering gap have compounded its woe of addressing the problems in the power sector.

The Chairman of NERC, Mr. Sanusi Garba, who made the remarks during the signing of Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, FCCPC, in Abuja, said there was need for both agencies to work together in order to put the power sector on its feet.

The Memorandum of Understanding is aimed at protection of electricity consumers.

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Speaking further, Mr. Garba, said NERC and FCCPC had been working together in the last two years to ensure consumer protection.

He said the signing of the MoU was to consolidate the area of cooperation between the two agencies in order to avoid the two   regulators working against each other.

He added that the issue of consumer protection in the power sector was something that nobody in charge of either evaluating or regulating the policy could be in a comfortable position.

According to him, “Arising from infrastructure deficit and also the challenge of the metering gap, we have a challenge of making sure that consumers actually get  the service.

“The MoU we are signing today is a very important step, whereby two government agencies charged with regulating different aspects of the nation are coming together to collaborate in terms of synergy and pulling their resources together.

“So, we are coming together to make sure we find a solution. I welcome you and look forward to a productive engagement as we work over the year to ensure that consumer protection is achieved.”

In his remarks, the Executive Vice Chairman/ Chief Executive Officer, FCCPC, Mr Babatunde Irukera, said NERC and FCCPC had a history of collaboration and had  been working together.

Irukera said the commission had been receiving more complaints, noting that the more they  resolved them, the more they came, just as he disclosed that the fact that people laid complaints was an indication of the vibrant resolution mechanism and confidence in that mechanism.

“Those are things that are also included in the MoU; how we can collaborate to think through what materials and structural changes needed to occur.”

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