By Sadiq Umar – The minister of power, works and housing, Babatunde Fashola has unfolded plans aimed at achieving improved power supply in the country.
Fashola who unfolded a 13-point agenda geared towards enhancing power supply in the country, said Monday in Abuja that the government was poised to monitor the various segment of power from generation to delivery as well as problems being encountered by operators in the sector.
The minister spoke in Abuja at the maiden meeting with power generation, distribution and transmission companies, and other stakeholders.
According to the minister, the 13-point agenda includes continuous public engagement on tariff collection and debts, power generation, maintenance, ancillary services, dispatch orders and discipline.
Others are gas requirement and constraints, transmission constraints, 33KV load offtake, imbalance and location of excess supply, overload safety, service quality, new captive and embedded generation, franchising and other issues relevant to the growth of the sector.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari had directed all stakeholders in the sector to hold monthly meetings on issues concerning the industry.
The minister added that the meeting would be rotated among the various GENCOs, DISCOs, TCN and other stakeholders across the country. Fashola said that all decisions reached at such meetings would be binding on all the stakeholders.
He explained that the various companies and stakeholders would each be represented by a management member with authority to take decision on behalf of their companies, adding that in order to minimise the cost of hosting the meetings, the companies were advised to jointly pull up resources required to hold the meetings.
“The meetings will also involve lawyers, engineers, planners and other stakeholders, while the ministry would issue a communiqué at the end of each meeting on steps taken to address challenges in the sector,” he said.