Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola has assured Nigerians that with the buy-in of all actors, the proposed Power Sector Leadership Monthly Meetings of Operators would identify gaps, discuss and collectively find practical solutions to issues facing the Nigerian electricity supply industry.
The minister, who presided over the inaugural session, enjoined all operators to ensure highest executive levels representation, adding that he expected people who could take decisions and not junior levels officers who could not take actions.
Managing directors and CEOs of Generating Companies, GENCOs,
Distribution Companies, DISCOs, Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company, NBETC, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, and Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency, NEMSA, were all in attendance to underscore the importance of gas in the unfolding scenario in the electricity supply industry.
Also, the oil and gas industry was represented by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, senior executives of Nigerian National Petroleum Company, NNPC, gas
aggregating entities, especially the Nigerian Gas Company, NGC.
The meeting provided the opportunity for the sector to intensify efforts at resolving bottlenecks associated with gas supply to the power sector.
Issues deliberated and agreed upon are on public engagement of all stakeholders who were enjoined to take advantage of
the reach on NTA and Radio Nigeria, as well as other media houses in their various localities for public enlightenment around tariff and other topical issues in simplified manner to elicit public understanding.
On collection, payment and debt, participants resolved that operators in the sector should adopt innovative and creative strategies in dealing with issues of vandalism, reluctance of customers to pay for energy consumed and for maintenance of machinery.
The team from oil and gas industry led by the minister of state agreed to share information on significant gas projects that would impact positively on supply, especially those scheduled for completion in Q2 of 2016.
The industry operators agreed to an aggressive and sustained roll out to ensure that customers pay only for what they consume.
DISCO operators agreed to patronise genuine local metre manufacturers who meet required standards.
All also agreed that customers who are not metred would be held accountable for the last undisputed bill.

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