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FG to develop national power policy

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By Abraham Adekunle

Integration and implementation plan to be created according to Electricity Act.

The Federal Government has been entrusted with the task of creating an all-encompassing Integrated National Electricity Policy alongside a well-defined Strategic Implementation Plan, as per the requirements set forth by the Electricity Act of 2023. According to the media, President Bola Tinubu approved the electricity bill on June 9, transforming it into a law that grants states, companies, and individuals the authority to produce, transfer, and deliver electricity. Consequently, the Electric Power Sector Reform Act (EPSRA) of 2005 was annulled, prompting the emergence of a complete legal and institutional structure to oversee the National Electric Power Sector.

On November 27, 2023 in Abuja, the Nigeria Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) hosted a legislative roundtable, where Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, revealed significant information about the sector. The discussion also involved representatives from the judiciary and various other parties. The media also reports that an interactive discussion was held regarding the implementation and adherence to technical standards and regulations within the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) as well as other related sectors. He claims that the power ministry and the National Council on Power are diligently collaborating to present the policy for approval to the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

NEMSA’s position as enforcer of standards established.

According to the minister, the consolidation of legislations in the NESI by the Electricity Act has significantly fortified the position of NEMSA as the primary enforcer of technical and regulatory standards mandated by the law. The primary aim of this provision is to ensure the well-being and security of both individuals and their assets. In order to achieve this objective, several affiliated organizations have been assigned specific responsibilities within the framework of their respective legislations.

Also, the minister expressed satisfaction with the auspicious timing of the roundtable, highlighting its informed theme. He emphasized the significance of this gathering to exchange perspectives on the recent reforms implemented in NESI due to the Fifth Alteration to the 1999 Constitution (as amended), alongside 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,” he said.

A system capable of providing a secure and dependable electricity supply.

Further, he noted that the acknowledgement of the significant contributions made by various entities involved in the NESI (Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry), including not only the national state actors and other stakeholders but also the legislature and the judiciary, is a commendable display of leadership exhibited by NEMSA’s management. Victor Okolo, the Chairman of the House Committee on Power, emphasized the necessity of guaranteeing that all electrical installations within the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) adhere to the proper technical standards, regulations, and specifications.

Okolo, who was represented by Rodney Ambaiowei, stated that the primary purpose of implementing technical standard regulations and specifications is to establish a system that is capable of providing a secure and dependable electricity supply, which will ultimately ensure the safety and protection of both individuals and their possessions. The chairman noted that the lack of sufficient understanding about the agency and its role has led to NEMSA facing significant opposition while trying to fulfil its mandate.

Government to commit resources to execute NEMSA’s duties.

By the conclusion of the conference, which was held to discuss the mandate, each participant will have a much deeper understanding of NEMSA’s mission and will be prepared to actively disseminate the information they had acquired to any interested parties. The Federal Government also reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring NEMSA receives the necessary financial resources and support to effectively carry out its duties. This support is instrumental in helping NEMSA develop a national power policy for the nation.


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AN-Toni
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3 months ago

FG to develop national power policy. – Integration and implementation plan to be created according to Electricity Act. – Express your point of view.

Adeoye Adegoke
Member
3 months ago

That’s great news! The development of a national power policy and the creation of an integration and implementation plan in accordance with the Electricity Act is a positive step forward. Having a clear and comprehensive policy framework can help address various challenges in the power sector and ensure a more efficient and reliable electricity supply for the country.
A national power policy can provide a roadmap for sustainable and inclusive development in the power sector. It can outline strategies to increase power generation capacity, improve transmission and distribution infrastructure, promote renewable energy sources, and enhance energy efficiency. By setting clear goals and targets, the policy can guide the government and stakeholders in making informed decisions and investments to meet the growing energy demands of the country.
The integration and implementation plan, based on the provisions of the Electricity Act, can help ensure that the policy is effectively executed. It can outline the specific steps, timelines, and responsibilities for implementing various initiatives and reforms in the power sector. This systematic approach can help streamline processes, enhance coordination among different stakeholders, and ensure that the policy objectives are achieved in a timely manner.
Overall, the development of a national power policy and the creation of an integration and implementation plan are crucial for the sustainable development of the power sector. It reflects the government’s commitment to addressing the challenges in the sector and improving the availability and reliability of electricity for all Nigerians. I’m excited to see how these initiatives will unfold and contribute to the progress of the power sector in Nigeria! 🌟

Kazeem1
Member
3 months ago

FG to develop national power policy This project should result in a more reliable and long-lasting electrical infrastructure for the nation, I hope. To build structure, draw assets, and ultimately improve the lives of Nigerians, it is imperative to have a clearly defined policy framework.

Taiwo
Member
3 months ago

In accordance with the Electricity Act, FG will draft a national power policy and an integration and implementation plan.Integrating the entire nation should be the cornerstone of national policy. We can better understand how comprehensive and simple to apply the policy is with the aid of the Electricity Act.An efficient execution of the policy can be ensured through the integration and implementation plan, which is based on the Electricity Act’s provisions. It can list the particular actions.

Last edited 3 months ago by Taiwo