Electricity consumers urge minister to overhaul sector, ensure stable power supply

The minister said that 10 years after the privatisation, the exercise had failed to deliver the desired results."

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Electricity Consumers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), want the new Minister of Power, Mr Adebayo Adelabu to overhaul the power sector to ensure stable power supply.

The consumers who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday said that overhauling the sector would improve power supply.

Mr Kunle  Olubiyo, the President, Nigeria Consumer Protection Network said that the minister should do a surgical overhaul of the regulatory institutions and ecosystem of the power sector.

According to him, the minister should do  an appraisal  of the performances  of all agencies in the last 10 years using benchmarks of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

Olubiyo also urged Adelabu to engage bests hands as advisers and working team to enable him achieve the Federal Government’s desire of giving its citizens stable and uninterrupted power supply.

Speaking on other task before the minister, he urged him to drive the process of the long overdue review of the sector’s privatisation.

The minister said that 10 years after the privatisation, the exercise had failed to deliver the desired results.

He said that the review should be done across the value chain of the electricity sector from generation, transmission to distribution.

“By so doing, issues relating to increased expansion of the huge metering gaps, sector liquidity challenges and poor remittances culture, load rejection will be addressed.

“Other issues such as market shortfalls, tariff shortfalls ,payment of generation capacity, low generation per capital, weak transmission infrastructure resulting in decline in transmission wheelijg capacity and incessant power system collapses and load shedding will also be addressed,

According to him, load rejection by electricity distribution licensees at the downstream sub sector, poor quality of services, near zero governance structure  will be eliminated.

Mr Princewill Okorie,  the President, Association For Public Policy Analysis said that  the privatisation of the power sector was meant to break the control of electricity generation and distribution from government.

Okorie said that the privatisation was to ensure adequate, regular and stable supply of electricity to