Power Sector And Other Related News Stories For Friday November 17th 2023
A Look at Nigeria’s Transition to A Clean Energy Economy
Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, stands as an economic powerhouse with a dynamic and evolving energy landscape. Historically, the nation has heavily relied on fossil fuels, particularly oil, as the backbone of its energy production. As one of the top oil producers in Africa, Nigeria’s energy sector has played an important role in its economic growth. However, this heavy dependence on fossil fuels has not only led to environmental degradation but has also made the country vulnerable to fluctuations in global oil prices. The demand for energy in Nigeria continues to rise, driven by a growing population, urbanization, and industrialization. To address these challenges and sustain its development, Nigeria is now facing the pressing need to transition to cleaner and more sustainable energy sources.
NEMSA Moves for More Inspectorate Offices to Enforce Standards in Electricity Sector
The Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) is set to create more inspectorate field offices in all states of the federation in a bid to enforce technical standards, regulations and codes in the electricity sector across the country.
The establishment Act mandates the agency to enforce technical standards and regulations, technical inspection, testing and certification of all categories of electrical installations, electricity meters and instruments, to ensure the efficient production and delivery of safe, reliable and sustainable electricity power supply, as well as guarantee safety of lives and property in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) and other allied industries/workplaces.
Dev’t Awaits Power Generating Host Communities With Electricity Act Amendment
A new lease of life is underway in communities hosting Power Generating Companies (GENCOs) as the process of amending the Electricity Act was closer to being completed by the National Assembly.
This is as the Senate has concurred to the Bill seeking to amend the Electricity Act, 2023, to address concerns of host communities (Hostcoms), sponsored by Hon. Babajimi Benson, member of House of Representatives, representing Ikorodu Federal Constituency of Lagos State.
EKEDC Pledges to Improve Hourly Power Supply to Customers
The Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) has promised to improve its electricity supply to customers within the network.
The DisCo also said it would continue to make more efforts to reduce fraud, vandalism and energy theft within its network operations.
Tinuade Sanda, EKEDC’s chief executive officer, gave the assurance at the customers’ interactive forum at its Apapa Business Unit on Thursday in Lagos.
Customers at the forum were drawn from various areas under the Apapa district, which include Ajeromi-Ifelodun, Amukoko, Badia, Ajegunle, Tolu community, Plaza, Idewu, Odofin, Sari, Boundary and Apapa.
Senate Okays Amendment of Electric Power Sector Reform Act
The Senate has given its approval to amend the Electric Power Sector Reform Act, a move hailed by Rep. Babajimi Benson, the Member representing Ikorodu Federal Constituency of Lagos State.
The amendment, which addresses the concerns of host communities, aligns with the bill sponsored by Rep. Benson, marking a significant stride in resolving pertinent issues within the power sector.
Speaking with newsmen in Abuja on the development, the lawmaker said, ‘I thank my fellow legislators in the Senate and the House of Representatives for their commitment to the passage of this bill, and I urge our listening President to kindly assent to this bill promptly.’
Jubilation as Electricity Company Restores Power in Imo After Two Weeks Blackout
There was jubilation in Imo State on Thursday following restoration of power supply by the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) after two weeks of blackout in the South-eastern state.
The blackout followed the declaration of strike in the state by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) on 1 November to protest the assault on the NLC president, Joe Ajaero, in the state.
Some residents of the state told PREMIUM TIMES on Thursday afternoon that the power supply was restored in the state in the early hours of Thursday after the industrial action was suspended by the labour unions on Wednesday.