Dr Sam Amadi, the Chairman, Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), has said that the present declining power supply in the country was due to vandalism and low generation of power across the country.
Amadi disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja on Monday during the Nigerian Electricity Consumer Advocacy Network (NECAN) inaugural meeting.
He said: “Lights are going down. This is understandable. We don’t have enough capacity for everyone in this country. I think we should just be truthful. We will get to a point where we have stable light.
“If you are generating 3,500 or 4,000 megawatts, there is no way the light will be stable across the country. We don’t have the product called power for many reasons.
“You know, partly due to gas vandalisation; partly because we are still building the power plants; they are not all there. So, even if you have 6, 000megawatts, we will still not have a 100 per cent reliable electricity supply.
“Our work is to ensure that we keep improving, building regulatory framework. With the way this is being addressed today, we hope that in the next two or three years, Azura will come in and some other generations will come in.
“But above all, that is why we have started the embedded generation regulation to allow for small modular power links to cumulatively yield more power for Nigerians.”
Amadi, however, gave assurance that there would be improvement in the power supply over the next two to three years.
The NERC Chairman also said the commission would soon ensure better billing and metering for Nigerian electricity consumers, adding that the network would help strengthen consumer voice.
This, he said, would ensure that DISCOS were efficiently supplying the limited supply of electricity in the country.
The National Coordinator, Electricity Consumer Enlightenment Initiative, Mr Ganiyu Makanjuola, in his remark, said the provision of meters to consumers would substantially address most of the challenges in the power sector.