Engineers’ Forum Appeals to Buhari to Appoint Members in NERC

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By Ugo Aliogo

As part of efforts to ensure stable electricity in the country, a group known as Young Engineers’ Forum (YEF), has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint seasoned professional engineers as chairman and commissioners in the managerial board of the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

A statement jointly signed by the group Coordinator, Taiwo Adeolu, and Technical Secretary,  Oladipo Agboola, stated that if professional engineers are appointed to the board of NERC, it would help to re-position the sector.

The forum in the statement noted that due to the relevance of electricity to the nation, it is important that the right individuals with the needed experience are appointed as chairman and commissioners.

The engineers explained that in aligning with the change mantra of the present administration, the sector needs to be re-positioned in order to promote industrialisation.

According to the forum, “Electricity is fundamental and inevitable to our daily living as its lights our environment, powers our homes, schools, hospitals, office, business and aid industrialization.

“This   will   also   help   the   commission   design   policies  and programmes in addressing issues in gas pricing and  accessibility, power generation through both

off-grid and on-grid sources of power, electrical power transmission, equipment standardisation and safety. Thereby   reduce downtime and increase reliability of the Electricity value chain to develop without barriers.

“Electricity generation, transmission, distribution and marketing in Nigeria is regulated by the Nigeria Electricity Commission (NERC) formed by  an Act of the National Assembly under the Electric Power Sector Reform Act of 2005 under the auspices of the Chairman/CEO and 6 other commissioners from the 6 Geo-political Zones of the country. NERC has over the years been managed of non-engineers which has caused a drift in achieving its core mandate of ensuring increased power generation and distribution.”

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