Editorial:Is NERC Sabotaging FG’s Electrification Roadmap with Siemens?
December 7 has been fixed for what many analysts refer to as day of reckoning for electricity distributors in the country. The economic regulator ,Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission ,is expected to review the submissions of seven Discos over alleged non-compliance with regulatory requirements.
Oversight over operators of the power sector is crucially important. NERC has critical regulatory role to play and it has done so severally in the past.The recent activities of the agency however raise eyebrow.
As much as we support enforcement of rules within the electricity market,we also wonder if such action at this material time is not a direct assault on the electricity roadmap recently signed with Siemens by the Federal Government.
The deal with Siemens is a flagship agenda of the government to address all knotty issues within the sector.The implementation is also set to go on stream any moment from now.
The agreement with Siemens was arrived at after rigorous consultations with all sub-sub-sectors and stakeholders within the electricity market.Multiple constraints facing the generation,transmission and distribution divisions were identified and workable solutions worked out.
The failure recorded across the value chains were interdependent ,making it surprising that the economic regulator will decide to sanction only one unit at this critical stage.
The power delivery crisis cannot be blamed on one unit excluding the other.The economic regulator cannot play holier than thou now when NERC itself was culpable in term of dereliction.
Any decision by any parastatal within the Federal Ministry of Power that may derail the implementation of the Electricity Roadmap plan should be reviewed.Nothing should happen to negatively impact this laudable plan.
We consequently appeal to the Presidency to urgently wade into this matter.NERC should allow the Siemens plan endorsed by Nigeria on government to government basis to go on stream without belated regulatory interference.
Doing otherwise may amount to an agency sabotaging government’s strategic agenda for a critical sector.