Experts in the power sector have called for total overhaul in the systems of generation, sustainability and distribution of power in the country.
In a lecture at the Emmanuel Edozien Hall, Bells University of Technology (BELLSTECH), Ota, Ogun State, with the theme: ‘Seminal findings on sustainable power supply reliability in Nigeria,’ a Professor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, Lagos State, Frank Okafor, called for a complete reshuffling of membership of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), to accommodate more engineers in the field than administrators.
He decried the fact that only one engineer is among the NERC board suggesting that the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) issue more licenses to its participants to build power plants, rather than import.
“It is abominable that when you import raw materials for power components, you pay duty but when you import finished goods, it is duty free. We must encourage local content in power components and devices. Countries should be attracted to set up their factories in customer countries, like Nigeria, so that government expenditure would benefit citizens optimally. This way, there is competition, you grow the power demand and then you have economy of scale,” Okafor said.
The professor, who was guest lecturer at the ceremony, held as part of activities to commemorate Bellstech’s 10th anniversary and seventh convocation ceremony, also said distribution companies should be made to provide expansion master plan for the short, medium and long term. He added that diversification should be explored with investment focus on coal, wind and fossil fuels.