Fashola Tasks State Governments to Assist in Energy Supply Improvement

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Babatunde Fashola, minister of power, works and housing, has tasked state governments to assist in improving energy supply in their various areas by helping to conduct energy audits of residents.

This is needed for a template that would be designed for onward circulation and guidance in conducting energy development business around the country, said Hakeem Bello, special adviser on communications to the minister, in a statement following the eighth monthly meeting of operators of the power sector, which was held Monday, August 8 in Maiduguri, Borno State.

State governments were also urged to educate residents about the conservation of energy by switching off bulbs and appliances that are not in use.

The need for operators of the industry, especially the distribution companies, to improve their operations through loss reduction, meter supplies, and improved customer relations was also emphasized.

The meeting, which was hosted by the Yola Electricity Distribution Company, focused on identifying, discussing and finding practical solutions to critical issues facing the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).

The operators were fully represented at the highest executive management levels, including managing directors and CEOs of power generation companies (Gencos), power distribution companies (Discos), and the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

Others in attendance were participants from the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trader (NBET), the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), as well as the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA).

The meeting acknowledged and appreciated reports by Yola Disco and Borno state commissioner for energy that power supply to Maiduguri has improved.

The recent appointments of NERC commissioners and a substantive CEO of NBET made by President Buhari, which are now awaiting confirmation by the Nigerian senate were also commended.

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