Fashola unveils agenda to better power supply.


Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, on Monday unfolded a 13-point agenda geared to enhancing power supply in the country.
The agenda dwells on continuous public engagement on tariff collection, debts, power generation, maintenance, ancillary services, dispatch orders and discipline.
Other areas include gas requirement and constraints, transmission constraints, 33KV load offtake, imbalances-locations of excess, overload safety, service quality, new captive and embedded generation, franchising and other issues relevant to the growth of the sector.
Power supply has been epileptic in the country with adverse effect on the economy.
Fashola at a maiden meeting with power generation, distribution and transmission companies noted that the agenda was to ensure effective monitoring of the sector. The meeting is on the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari that all parties in the sector should meet monthly on industry issues.
He said the meeting would be rotated among the various GENCOs, DISCOs, TCN and other stakeholders across the country and that all decisions taken at such meetings are binding on all.
In this respect, the minister stated that the various companies and stakeholders would each be represented by a management member with authority to take decision on behalf of their companies.
He explained 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 minister further said the meetings would also involve lawyers, engineers, planners and other stakeholders, adding that the ministry would issue a communiqué at the end of each meeting on steps taken to address challenges in the sector.

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