The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has urged the Gombe State Government to harness the electricity generation potentials in the state by partnering private investors to build electricity generating plants using available fuel sources to solve electric power supply shortage in the state.
In a press release signed and issued by the Head, Public Affairs Department, Dr Usman Abba Arabi yesterday, the acting Chairman of the Commission, Dr. Anthony Akah,mni, gave the advice during a courtesy call on the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. James Pisagi, who stood in for the State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwanbo, ahead of the commissioning of Gombe Forum Office on Wednesday.
The Forum Office is the second stage in the three levels redress mechanism established by the Commission to handle electricity complaints not satisfactorily handled at the customer care unit of the electricity distribution companies.
Some of the small hydro potentials in Gombe State that could be developed for small hydro power plants include the Dadinkowa and Balanga dams. This is in addition to the solar energy and coal potentials available in the state.
Akah at the Forum Office commissioning said, “The Commission observes with great concern the poor electricity infrastructural network in this environment, which poses great danger to lives and properties of indigenes of the state.”
He frowned at the quality of service being rendered by Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDCO), noting that incidences of five injuries, four fatalities and over 400 complaints from electricity customers recorded within the first half of 2016 was not a good record for the utility company.