Babatunde Fashola (SAN), the minister of power, works and housing, has urged electricity distribution companies (DISCOs) to conduct “energy audit” of consumers, before transmission and distribution of electricity could be improved.
He stated this in Maiduguri at the monthly meeting with power sector stakeholders and participants at Baga Road power sub-station.
Fashola said besides the non-audit of energy, vandalisation of electricity equipment in Borno State has also denied residents and companies of regular electricity supply.
According to him, “You have to shed power because equipment has been damaged for years, and nobody seems to be responding to it. That will change from today (Monday).“We cannot increase power supply without actually knowing what the energy needs of the people are. We expect the DISCOs to conduct an energy audit of all their consumers.
He further said, “That is where we will really know what people need and work with the DISCOs, generation and transmission companies to actually take the energy to where it is actually most needed and by whom it is needed.”
Fashola also noted that Borno State would take the lead in conducting the electricity consumption audit, as the template audit would be sent for implementation, said some of the commissioners from the state have asked for an increase in the supply of electricity.
He, therefore called on the media to assist the power sector in educating the people to switch off electricity appliances when they are not in use.
He added, “The regulators of this industry have published fact-based ranking of all distribution, transmission and generation companies. They have mphasised the need for the openness of the industry; especially the distribution companies to improve on their operations,” Guardian reports.