Leader of a three-man delegation from the European Union, Mr. Peter Cameron yesterday disclosed of the availability of N33 billion (€150 million) grants for the Nigerian power sector.
Speaking at an interactive session with Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, Dr. Sam Amadi, and other members of the Commission, Cameron said that they were in the country to assess possible areas the EU could be of assistance in solving the country’s power challenge.
Cameron, who came in company of Gerrit Clarke and Daud Carew, said that the delegation had been around the country for some days to discuss with other stakeholders in the sector.
Briefing the delegation, Amadi appreciated EU’s good gesture and listed three major areas of possible intervention as bridging the huge metering gap; transmission bottlenecks, and the need for embedded generation to improve shortage in power supply.
Embedded generation entails consumption of power generated from a plant within a distribution network without passing it through the transmission network.
In his analysis of the situation in the power sector, Amadi said, “It is a vicious circle; the electricity firms cannot get funds if they cannot deliver quality service and the customer will not be willing to pay without quality service. Without quality service there will be no public acceptability.”
He listed other areas of challenges as gas supply bottlenecks,
vandalism of gas pipelines and that some of the decisions taken
recently by the Commission like removal of collection losses were evidence based in the best interest of the market.
Carew described the country’s power sector as a big challenge
considering the amount of electricity available to the country’s
population, adding that “The Commission has been able to do a good job by being very flexible, open and ready to listen.”

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