The Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) on Monday in Abuja Presented the Nigerian Electricity Health &Safety Code, vowing to penalize any power sector operator whose faults result in electrocution cases.
Presenting the Code, the chairman, Dr. Sam Amadi insisted that: “With the Health Safety Code in place, it is expected that the industry operators will step-up the health and safety activities in their respective companies otherwise they will be faced with stringent penalties. From now on, electrocution cases will no longer be treated lightly.”
He explained that while the commission workedhard to ensure cost reflective tariffs to improving the funding and revenue stream of the utilities to provide world class services to customers,” it is therefore expected that the utilities will pay greater attention to the improvement of efficiency and safety of the network.”
In his rejoinder-like speech, which he titled “There is no gap in the technical regulation of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry ( NESI ), he corrected the misinformation which created the impression that there is a gap in the technical regulation of the industry.
According to him, the impression “is wicked misinformation aimed at distracting the commission from its core mandates, causing disharmony and derailing the progress made in the power sector reform.”
Amadi however held that the National Electricity Power Policy (NEPP 2000) and the Electric Power Sector Reform Act (EPSR) 2005 which are the guiding spirit for the Power Sector Reform, unambiguously mandate the commission as the independent technical and economic Regulator of the NESI.
He recalled that following the hard work and transparency of the commission, it had received a lot of commendations and grants from some local and international organizations.
“I would like to categorically state here that there is no gap in technical regulation in the NESI as been alleged, the commission has put in place several regulatory instruments to address technical and safety issues arising from across the electricity supply chain. As a matter of fact this has earned the commission several commendations and grants from within and outside the country; Multi-national organizations such as the World Bank, USAID, and USTDA etc have one time or the other supported and commended the commission on the progress made specifically with the development of the ground rules especially in commercial and technical aspects of the NESI.”
Amadi added that the transparency with which the commission conducts its business had instilled confidence”in the power sector that is boosting large inflow of local and foreign investors.”
He explained that there were some technical regulatory instruments developed in line with the international best practices and standards to enable the Commission successfully carry out its functions and sole responsibilities as the sole independent technical regulator of the power sector in Nigeria.
Enumerating the instruments, he said ” They include the Grid Code, Distribution Code, Metering Code, Health and Safety Manual Code, Health and Safety Manual and Code. Other instruments are Embedded Generation (EG) Regulations, Independent Electricity Distribution Networks (IEDN) Regulations, Independent Electricity Transmission Network (IETN) Regulations, etc. These are already approved and operational.
” Furthermore, some important technical regulations that are work in progress include Nigerian Electricity Supply and Installation Standards (NESIS) Regulations, Regulation on Smart Metering Standards; Regulation on Smart Grid Standards; Regulation on Geographic Information System (GIS) for Regulated Assets; Regulation on Electric Fencing; Regulation on Vegetation Control; Regulation on electric power system construction safety; Regulation on the registration of Electrical Contractors; Regulation on the registration of Meter and Instruments Testing and Calibration Stations etc.”