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House Committee on Power visits NERC

As part of the legislative practice of the national assembly, a 14 man delegation of the House Committee on Power has paid a visit to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

The delegation on the 26th of September, 2013 called on the Commission to gather first-hand information on issues that are generating public discourse in the media.

The Chairman, House Committee on Power, Hon Patrick Ikhariale said that the committee considers NERC an important stakeholder in the power sector, which needs to be guarded jealously so as maintain the tenets of the EPSR (2005) Act, which set up the Commission.

‘’Your responsibility is becoming larger, we are looking at the privatisation and know that NERC is key to the power sector’’, Patrick said.
He called on the Commission’s Chairman, Dr. Sam Amadi to pursue due diligence and transparency in the post privatisation of the power sector. Ikhariale advocated for additional NERC zonal offices; to make for easy access to electricity consumers to seek redress.

In his response, Dr. Sam Amadi informed the legislators of the Commission’s collaboration with stakeholders. ‘’In the last couple of weeks, we have been meeting with stakeholders. We are keeping an eye on the transmission company; to make sure corporate governance is practiced as well as working to ensure funding that will enable it work well’’ Amadi revealed.

The Commission’s helmsman further disclosed that NERC was already making provisions for additional zonal offices in its 2014 budget.  He commended the committee for playing a part leading up to the existing zonal offices.

NERC zonal offices are located in the six geopolitical zones namely: Ekiti (South West), Sokoto (North West), Owerri (South East), Calabar (South South), Gombe (North East) and Makurdi (North Central).

Meanwhile, new owners of the generation and distribution companies are expected to implement the existing metering order earlier released by the Commission.

Maryam Yaya Abubakar – Head, Media