The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) today said they are collaborating toward finding ways to enhance energy access, efficiency and availability in the country.
This was part of discussions at the headquarters of the Commission in Abuja following a visit by a delegation from the institute to Anthony Akah, chairman/chief executive officer of the commission, who is himself an alumnus of NIPSS, which is located at Kuru in Plateau State.
The visit was led by Abuh Galadima, a professor, who disclosed that the team was on a study tour of the Federal Capital Territory under the theme ‘’Strengthening Institutional Mechanism for Poverty Reduction and Policy Implementation’’.
Galadima, who welcomed the call, said NIPSS has the capacity to host an energy summit which will be an annual event to be co-hosted by both institutions at any part of country as occasion demands.
He commended NERC on its achievements so far and pledged NIPSS’ willingness to collaborate with the Commission in discharge of its mandate.
Akah described NIPSS as a foremost institute in Nigeria, which makes in-depth analysis of issues to see if possibilities can be worked out, a reason why NIPPS has turned out great minds for the country.
‘’ NIPSS is very thorough about critical issues, it is the best training institute you can find in the country, but does not see challenge as an impossibility, rather it studies situations to bring out the most viable solution,’’ Akah said in a statement signed by Michael Faloseyi, the head of media unit at NERC.
Akah expressed strong confidence in NIPSS’s ability to co-host the energy summit which NERC is proposing, believing NIPSS can do a good job similar to the one organised by the Economic Group which has always been a big success.
‘’The challenge in the electricity sector is so enormous, but we are determine to make sure we get it right through effective regulation in the shortest possible time,’’ Akah assured.
In line with the NERC’s function to protect also the interest of electricity consumers, especially with regards to billing of electricity, Akah said that electricity customers are protected from being over-billed through intense monitoring and speedy redress of their complaints.
According to him, dialogue as against litigations and confrontation will boost investors’ trust to invest in the sector and promote electricity customers interest.
He also informed the delegation of NERC’s deliberate collaboration with sister agencies, such as Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), NESREA, National Orientation Agency (NOA), the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) amongst others, with the aim of finding a united front to drive energy efficiency through a robust Demand Side Management initiative.
He stressed that empirical evidence has shown that a well coordinated energy efficiency program would reduce customer’s electricity tariff by at least 30%, while increasing access to electricity.
The Commission and NIPSS agreed to set up a Joint Implementation Committee to articulate a framework for the energy summit.