Tuesday, 25 August 2015

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to step up the current 5,000 megawatts to 6,000 by December.

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has said that it will step up the current 5,000 megawatts of electricity generation to 6,000 MW by December.

The NERC Chairman, Dr Sam Amadi, made the pledge at a two-day workshop organised for stakeholders in the sector to chat a way forward in Abuja on Tuesday.

Amadi said the workshop was to ensure that generation and transmission companies improved on their services by providing adequate power to Nigerians.

He said the essence of the workshop was to ensure that stakeholders in the industry reinforced their technical capacity on the grid in order to accommodate more energy.

The chairman said the workshop was to brainstorm with stakeholders by showing them the template designed by NERC to enable them deliver effectively and on time.

According to him, the main problem of electricity in Nigeria today is scarcity of supply.  “We saw in June, how generation capacity went as low as 2,000 MW, but later went up to 4,700 MW.

We set a bench mark of at least 5,000 MW and today we are at 5,000 MW or more hoping to reach 6,000 MW before December,” he said.
He said distribution, transmission and generation companies were faced with challenges, hence the need for the commission to organise the workshop to find ways of surmounting these problems.

Amadi said performance management and poor project management were major factors affecting the energy industry.

He gave another challenge facing the sector as miss-procurement, whereby officials procured equipment or awarded contracts that were not delivered.

Amadi said poor budgeting had also posed a major challenge in the power sector. “For instance, if TCN proposed a budget of N50 billion but government approved N30 billion and releases only N10 billion it will stall the implementation of projects in the sector.

There is nowhere in the world where projects can be completed with this type of budget provision,” he said.

Amadi further said the failure by the National Integrated Power Projects to deliver on their projects hindered power generation in the country.

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