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Nigeria: NERC to DISCOs – Acquire Modern Technologies to Ensure Quality Supply

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The management of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, advised electricity Distribution Companies, DISCOs, to deploy modern technologies and equipments that would guarantee network stability in order to improve on quality of electricity supply to the teeming consumers

Chairman of NERC, Professor James Momoh, who gave the advice during a facility tour of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, AEDC, told the management of the company to concentrate more on deployment of emerging technology in order to ensure customer satisfaction.

Prof. Momoh also challenged key stakeholders in the power sector, especially that between th

e DISCOs and the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, to end the blame game, which according to him has impacted the sector negatively.

The NERC boss while responding to presentation by the Managing Director of AEDC, Engr. Ernest Mupwaya, said, “I have seen everything, one, what I want to say is sustainability, that what he has started must be sustained. We cannot afford to solve old problems with old technologies and expect change. Or new problems with old technologies and expect change.

“The growing sector called NESI, in Nigeria is becoming a new challenge. And unless we need to think out of the box, we cannot handle it. And I believe what I have heard this afternoon, is daily efforts by AEDC to address the new challenge, whether it is in a short term, whether it is in medium term or in a long term, using out of the box critical thinking.

“And they are many other DISCOs in the country doing just what it is doing but today is AEDC day and I must concentrate on AEDC. For AEDC, you have shown that our power sector will very soon compete with world class Distribution Company anywhere.

“If you doubt it, just look back to what we heard. You are not asking me whether I can recall everything that I heard, but I could try. But I will not keep you busy for nothing but I will surprise you because I know what he has said.

“The challenge of the industry if you ask is both the technical and commercial. If you get the technical right, you concentrate on the commercial, if you get commercial right, you get technical right. So, when you get all of them right, you an efficient reliable company.

“And that is the picture he has painted. MD, what you have said to us, we only wanted to study our project on interfaces; but we remind you on what else is going on. What else is going, my colleague has right to know.