Thursday, 3 March 2016

Power Drops Below 2,800MW from 5000MW - NERC

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) have blamed low supply of power on the drastic reduction of power from 5000mw to below 2,800mw in the past two weeks. This is as a result of vandalism, they said. 

Dr. Anthony Akah, the acting Chief Executive Officer of the commission disclosed this while signing a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Consumer Protection Council (CPC).

A statement issued on the ceremony by Dr. Usman Abba- Arabi, Head, Public Affairs Department of NERC, was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Abuja.
In the statement, Akah expressed dissatisfaction and worries over the spate of vandalism in the power sector.

It stated that the NERC boss enjoined the public and the CPC to collaborate with distribution companies (DISCOs) and security agencies to safeguard electrical installations.

The statement also said the NERC would soon compel the DISCOs to publish their meter deployment schedules.

It added that the publication would ensure adherence to the meter roll out plan contained in the performance agreement signed with government by the utility firms.

It stated that NERC had issued warning to the DISCOs against wrongful estimated billings and the acts of compelling customers to buy, install and repair transformers and poles.
The statement said the MoU between, NERC and CPC was part of concerted efforts to reduce the incidence of estimated billing completely.

According to the statement, the Director General of CPC, Mrs. Modupe Atoki, commended NERC for the long standing relationship between the two agencies.
Atoki, statement said, expressed CPC’s cooperation and renewed effort to protect electricity consumers from abuse of their rights.

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