The Commissioner, Engineering Standards and Safety of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Prof. Frank Okafor, says poor sector coordination is the major impediment to the growth of electricity supply in the country.
Okafor, who spoke at the 2017 public lecture of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering in Lagos on Wednesday, noted that for the privatisation programme of the Federal Government to be effective and improve electricity generation and distribution, NERC must be fair and firm to investors in the sector. According to him, disobedience to instructions by system and market operators must be adequately penalised.
Okafor, who is also a professor of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Lagos, said NERC lacked a driver for critical service infrastructure such as equipment type and routine tests, research and development, and strategic planning. He said some of the regulatory steps NERC should consider must include monitoring and evaluation; operational performance; customer services; metering, billing and revenue collection; and financial performance as well as competitiveness.