Fashola Unveils 13-point Agenda For Power Sector Reforms
BEVERLY HILLS, January 11, (THEWILL) – The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, on Monday unveiled a 13-point agenda to drive efforts towards enhancing power supply in the country.
Fashola, in his maiden meeting with power generation, distribution and transmission companies, and other stakeholders, revealed that the agenda was drawn up to ensure effective monitoring of the sector.
The minister declared that the agenda involves continuous public engagement on tariff collection, debts, power generation, maintenance, ancillary services, dispatch orders and discipline.
Others areas in the agenda include gas requirement and constraints, transmission constraints, 33KV load offtake, imbalances-locations of excess, overload safety, service quality, new captive and embedded generation, franchising and other issues relevant to the growth of the sector.
Fashola also revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved that all stakeholders in the sector should hold monthly meetings on issues concerning the industry with a communiqué issued at the end of each meeting on steps taken to address challenges in the sector.
He declared that the meeting would be rotated among the various GENCOs, DISCOs, TCN and other stakeholders across the country and that all decisions reached in such meetings would be binding on all the stakeholders.
Fashola stated that the various companies and stakeholders would each be represented by a management member with authority to take decision on behalf of their companies at the meetings adding that the meetings would involve lawyers, engineers, planners and other stakeholders.
Story by David Oputah