Electricity Challenges In Nigeria Surmountable-Fashola

The Minister of Power, Works, and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), said that the challenges in the power sector were not technical but man-made, which could be surmounted with stakeholders collaboration.

Fashola stated this in Abuja when the management of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) visited him.

However, the minister urged the company to be more customer friendly and to keep the public abreast with its operations in order to win their confidence.

He added that the purchase of electricity transformers by private individuals should stop henceforth, stressing that it was the responsibility of electricity distribution companies to provide transformers.
The Managing Director of AEDC, Mr. Ernest Mupwaya, earlier said the visit was to solicit support for policies that affects it and the power sector generally.
The minister said though the company was poised to offer world class service to electricity customers within its franchise-Federal Capital Territory, Kogi, Niger and Nassarawa states; it was having lots of challenges.
He said these challenges include acts of vandalism and defaulting customers, especially Government Ministries Department and Agencies (MDAs) among others.
Mupwaya pointed out that though the solution for going forward in the power sector may be complex, it required the collaboration of stakeholders to achieve success.
He, however, said that the company was already discussing with the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria on ways of offsetting debt owed it by MDAs.
He called on the government to strengthen laws against vandalism of cables, transformers and other equipment as a deterrent to the destruction of power assets in the country.
The Managing Director said the company is putting in place measures to enable its customers to purchase electricity from its website to give them more convenience.
He further said that the company had also been meeting with stakeholders and communities with a view to resolving some of their challenges.

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