One of the key debates when it comes to electricity in Nigeria is the question of whether or not electricity consumers can or should fund the installation of transformers.
Now the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has warned individuals and organizations against buying and installing transformers without the approval of the power distribution company (DisCo) that supervises the community, its Head, Consumer Affairs Division, Hardley Jack, has said. Speaking at a stakeholders’ forum in Lagos.
He said the sector may be facing problems such as metering, transformers, and other key components, but it did not give customers the right to do whatever they like. He said there are laws, which NERC, the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Bulk Trading Company (NBET), the power generation companies (GenCos), electricity distribution companies and other critical stakeholders in the value chain must comply with for the growth of the sector, adding that actions that are contrary to this, amount to disobedience.
He said the DisCos can solve the metering problems as they affect them directly. He, however, said that gas, power generation, and others should be jointly addressed by the stakeholders. He said the Commission is flooded with complaints from the customers, just as the DisCos are battling with the same complaints. According to him, DisCos and the customers need to work together to solve problems as partners.