Reason For Power Sector Poor Regulation

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Politics, not lack of manpower has stalled every effort to regulate the power sector and further reposition it for growth since its privatisation in 2013. The Association of Electricity Distributors of Nigeria(ANED), Executive Director, Research and  Advocacy, Mr Sunday Oduntan has said.

He said the inability of the Federal Government to demonstrate political will by appointing a substantive Chief Executive Officer for the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission(NERC), has frustrated efforts to regulate the market well, ditto the delay, by the government to  constitute the Board of the agency.

In a visit to The Nation last weekend, in company of ANED’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Azu Onya,  said the sector would have by now have a strong regulation, but for the failure of the government to constitute the Board of the agency.

Oduntan said:’’ For eighteen (18) months, no  commissioner was appointed by the Federal Government to regulate the NERC. The agency is still without a substantive Board. All these are afffecting the regulationof the power sector. The issue bordered on politics in the sector, and nothing else.Does that mean that the country does not have competent and skilled workforce to steer the ship of the sector? Does that mean that the government can only get qualified personnel, when it shops outside the shore of Nigeria. At a time, an acting Chief Executive officer was appointed to run the affairs of NERC. In view, such officer does not have the power to regulate the sector well’’

Source: IWIN

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