NERC re-focuses on regulatory enforcements

powerThe Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) is re-focussing its attention on regulatory enforcements with the inauguration of enforcement task team.

This, NERC said was necessary to ensure continuous regular supply of electricity in the country.

Giving a charge at the inauguration of a 10-man task team on enforcement at the Commission’s headquarters on Thursday, the Chairman, Dr. Sam Amadi said that improvement being noticed in electricity supply industry was a result of regulatory efforts of the past.

He said: “It is time to improve on our enforcement activities. Enforcement should not be an event but a process, which could entail complaint, compliant, investigation, and monitoring.”

The Chairman advised members of the task team to give the assignment their best in order for the Commission to achieve its mandate of ensuring that electricity is delivered in a safe, adequate, reliable and affordable manner, which will ultimately result in improved service delivery in the sector.

He mandated the task team to list out specific issues to be investigated on their own at any point in time. This is in addition to issues that could be referred to them for investigation, compliance and monitoring.

Speaking on behalf of the other members of the task team, the Head of Enforcement Unit and the team leader, Chijioke Obi, acknowledged that the assignment was coming at the right time and promised that members of his team will not fail the Commission in carrying out the assignment.

Memberships of the team were drawn across the divisions and departments of the Commission.

Meanwhile, NERC has explained why it decided not to allow any increase in electricity tariff for all categories of consumers, which would have commenced in June this year.

According to NERC, one of the reasons is that power supply has not improved as anticipated.

It said that although it had earlier in the year announced that the tariff would rise from June, the decision was put on hold due to the emergence of a new administration.

The commission also explained that a new model for electricity tariff was being put in place by power distribution companies, but stressed that the new rates would be announced after the Discos had completed consultations with their various customers.

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