A former Minister of Power, Prof. Bart Nnaji has said the failure of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to perform a technical enforcement role led to the creation of a new enforcement agency early this year.
Prof. Nnaji who spoke at a stakeholders’ forum organised by the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) in Abuja said: “What we wanted to do (in the reform) was to say the Inspectorate Division of the Ministry of Power should be a department for regulating technical services. We wanted NERC to take it but perhaps the managers of NERC didn’t understand that aspect, because we have business regulation and then the technical aspect”.
“Somebody has to maintain the technical aspect and so it did not happen. So the inspectorate division became the engine that created NEMSA. People wondered what was going on then and it became a fury during the process of creating NEMSA,” Nnnaji explained.