The federal government has expressed its determination towards maximising access of consumers to electricity.
The Minister of Power and Energy, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, who gave this indication in Jos yesterday at the inauguration of the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), assured that the ministry will continue to give policy direction framework that will accelerate access of citizens to electricity supply.
Represented by Director of Power Reforms in the ministry, Mrs. Bola Laditan, Nebo said: “The ministry of power and energy has as part of its plans to collaborate with state governments to establish state ministries of power and energy in order to achieve its goals”.
She continued: “The electricity regulating commission will be working within a five year strategic plan aimed at improve power supply and distribution to consumers.
“Government will not rest until it achieves its goal of efficient electricity supply to customers”.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang, said: “Distribution of power supply will not be effective without the required regulatory frame work”.
He advised the Ministry of Power and Energy to make available pre-paid meters to all consumers.
Jang, who was also represented by the Commissioner for Water Resources and Energy, Mr. Idi Waziri, said the government is already partnering a private organisation to construct a power plant at Shimankar in Shendam council of the state.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JED), Mr. Mete Baysal, said: “We are obligated to provide the best service and are committed to the improvement of service delivery and to have quality, clean and uninterrupted power supply”.