The federal government is set to develop an Integrated National Electricity Policy, and Strategic Implementation Plan.
According to the Electricity Act 2023, Nigeria is expected to have an electricity policy.
President Bola Tinubu had on June 9 assented to the Electricity Bill, now an Act empowering states, companies, and individuals to generate, transmit and distribute electricity.
This in turn repealed the Electric Power Sector Reform Act (EPSR A), 2005, and created a comprehensive legal and institutional framework to guide the NESI.
Minister of Power, Mr. Adebayo Adelabu, made this known in Abuja on Monday at the Nigeria Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) “Round Table” for the legislature, judiciary and other stakeholders.
According to him, the Ministry of Power is working assiduously with the National Council on Power to send the policy to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for approval, adding that the Electricity Act had consolidated virtually all legislations in the NESI and strengthened the role of NEMSA as the lead enforcer of all statutory technical and regulatory standards.
The minister said, “The round table Is timely, and the theme was well-informed. It’s an opportunity for us to compare notes on the reforms recently brought about in NESI by the Fifth Alteration to the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and the re-enactment of the Electricity Act, of 2023.
“It is time to take stock of where we are and where we are going. As you are all aware, it’s one of the major fallouts of the amendment to the Fifth Alteration. I must therefore, commend the management of NEMSA for displaying leadership by recognising the vital roles played by not just the national state actors and other stakeholders in NESI, but pertinently, the legislature and the judiciary, ” he said.
Adelabu said over five states have enacted their electricity laws and commended the legislature for their incessant resolve to bring to fruition necessary statutes with positive bearing on the lives of the citizenry
“Be rest assured that the ministry under my leadership is dedicated to leading the engagements with the state governments to maintain standards across the board to ensure that desirable reforms are undertaken and guided against regulatory rupture, ‘’ he said.
Also speaking, Chairman of the House Committee on Power, Hon. Victor Okolo, said there was a need to ensure that all electrical installations deployed in NESI met required technical standard, regulations and specifications.
Represented by Hon. Rodney Ambaiowei, Okolo said the technical standard regulation and specification was to ensure that such systems were capable of delivering safe and reliable electricity supply to guarantee the safety of lives and property.
“We have observed that NEMSA, in an attempt to enforce its mandate, has met with stiff resistance on several occasions which is attributed to a lack of adequate knowledge of the agency and its function. However, at the end of this conference, participants would have been better informed of the mandate of NEMSA and spread the message to those concerned.
“On our part, we assure the agency that it receives adequate funding and other support it needs to effectively discharge its responsibilities, ‘’ he said.