The Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Dr. Sam Amadi, said there has to be a regular supply of at least 6,000 megawatts of electricity before power outages can be significantly reduced, ThisDay reports .
He said this at the public hearing into the activities of the NERC and Distribution Companies (DISCOS) as relates to infrastructure and billing by the House of Representatives Committee on Power on Wednesday.
Amadi also disclosed that 55 per cent of consumers remain un-metered, attributing it to legacy issues which has resulted in consumers charged through estimated billing.
While responding to reports that the regulatory body is soft on discos for infractions and inefficiencies particularly in metering, Amadi agreed, he however noted that the agency is not quick to “wield the big stick” so as to build investors confidence in the sector, and also due to the fact that the discos are still experiencing several challenges.
He also pointed to examples of NERC “wielding the big stick”, saying that recently, Abuja disco was asked to pay N18 million to the family of a child who was electrocuted and that Abuja disco was also mandated to compensate 32,000 consumers with about N50 million due to over-billing.