The Federal Government, the Nigerian Population Commission (NPC), Electricity Distribution Companies and other stakeholders in the value chain are planning an energy audit to ascertain the level of electricity consumed in Nigeria.
The audit would also help in improving power supply, it was gathered at the weekend in Lagos.
While the Federal Government serves as the main driver of the energy audit scheme, the NPC, the power generation companies (GenCos), the distribution companies (DisCos), the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and others are partners in the project.
Investigation shows that the government through the NPC is trying to know how many citizens it has, where they are, what they need, what kind of services or appliances they use, among other issues, that are pertinent to the success of the exercise.
Industry sources said the idea requires collating data on the daily power consumed in each of the 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs), the six geo-political zones, factors hindering electricity supply and others, as well as helping the government to fashion out plans on how to ensure even distribution of power in the country.
Mr Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing made the disclosure at a stakeholders’ forum in Lagos recently.
Fashola said it was important that Nigeria knows the energy consumption level of its citizens while trying to proffer solutions to what he described as ‘systemic power problems’ in the country.
The minister said this initiative could be carried out by meeting the agency assigned with the responsibility of taking the census in Nigeria, the distribution companies which interface with the electricity consumers daily by fixing their meters, giving them bills and meeting other obligations.
In his words, ‘’ Regarding the issue of an energy audit, I believe it is important for the government to know how many citizens it has, where they are and the nature of equipment they use. These would help the government in predicting the kind of energy they consumed, the ways through which they are accessing the energy and what should be done to make each locality enjoys power.’’