MAN wants individuals, firms to generate, distribute electricity

powerThe Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) wants the Federal Government to enact a new law that would make it possible for individuals and corporate organizations to generate power and supply directly to industrial clusters across the country.

MAN considers this option as the fastest way to ensure adequate power supply and boost productive activities.

Also, the manufacturers have called on the Presidency to approve the report of a joint committee of MAN and the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) which proposes micro grid electricity scheme for the nation’s industrial clusters.

President of MAN, Frank Udemba Jacobs, who spoke in an interview with The Guardian in Abuja, recalled that MAN and NERC had jointly developed a proposal on how to use micro grids to supply direct electricity to the industrial clusters. He called on the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to expedite action on the proposal with the Presidency as part of government’s support to returning the manufacturing sector to its pride of place.

Jacobs said: “What we are saying is that government should come up with a policy that says individuals and corporate bodies can generate their own electricity and sell to the public, or sell to the industrial clusters. This is the way we can best ensure power supply to our industrial clusters, since they can’t get enough from the national grid.”

The MAN President decried the huge funds his members spend on generating their own electricity, and called on government to consider their proposal as the immediate solution to the problem. He noted that electricity supply to the sector has continued to fall.
“The situation is still bad. The power from the national grid has not improved. Majority of our members still generate their own power. That is quite expensive. There is no much difference. Everything is still the same way. “

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