November 28, 2022

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CSO to FG: Shield electrical energy shoppers’ rights over DisCos’ restructuring


A Civil Society Organisation (CSO) , Affiliation for Public Coverage Evaluation (APPA), has referred to as on the federal authorities to place measures in place to guard the rights of electrical energy shoppers.

The Nationwide President of APPA, Mr. Princewill Okorie, who disclosed this in an interview on Tuesday in Abuja, reacted to the latest plan by Constancy Financial institution to take over the boards of Kano, Benin, and Kaduna Distribution Firms (DISCOs) and to collateralise their shares.

Recall that that the Director-Basic, Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE), Mr. Alex Okoh, and the Govt Chairman, Nigerian Electrical energy Regulatory Fee (NERC), Mr. Sanusi Garba, testified to this in a joint assertion issued in Abuja just lately.

“As we speak, we have been knowledgeable by Constancy Financial institution that they’ve activated the decision on the collateralised shares of Kano, Benin and Kaduna (Constancy and AFREXIM) DISCOs.They’ve additionally initiated motion to take over the Boards of those DISCOs and train the rights on the shares,” the assertion learn in components.

However, Okorie stated there was the necessity for the Federal Authorities to arrange a committee to observe client curiosity following the event.

“What had been present all this whereas is that part 80 and 81 of the Electrical energy Energy Sector Reform Act has been silent. We came upon that implementation of part 80 and 81 of the Electrical energy Energy Sector Reform Act that cope with electrical energy client safety and licensee efficiency requirements should not effectively enforced.

“You see a scenario the place shoppers pay for electrical energy not provided and their rights abused. If the financial institution desires to recuperate their cash, the shoppers additionally want to recuperate the cash that they’ve been cheated for,” he stated.

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Okorie referred to as on the Shopper Safety Council and the Federal Competitors and Shopper Safety Fee (FCCPC) to make sure every little thing was executed to guard electrical energy shoppers.

He additionally appealed to energy stakeholders to make sure steady energy provide to scale back price of manufacturing of products and companies.

Based on him, many of the companies within the nation depends upon mills and this has made manufacturing price to be excessive.

” I’m interesting to all stakeholders within the energy sector to do every little thing attainable to make sure steady energy provide to scale back the price of manufacturing of products and companies, ”he stated.