It seems like all hands are already on deck to pull the country out of economic backwardness. The former governor of Lagos State and current Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), in a maiden meeting held in Abuja, the nation’s capital yesterday, Monday 11 January, revealed his 13-point agenda to enhance the power sector.
In the meeting with power generation, distribution and transmission companies and other stakeholders, the Minister clearly stated that the purpose of the 13-point agenda is to ensure that the sector is monitored effectively.
The reveals the agenda as:
- continuous public engagement on tariff collection
- power generation
- ancillary services
- dispatch orders and discipline
- gas requirement and constraints
- transmission constraints
- 33KV load off take
- imbalances-locations of excess
- overload safety, service quality
- new captive and embedded generation
- franchising and
- other issues relevant to the growth of the sector.
The Minister further stated that the President, Muhammadu Buhari has directed that a meeting of all stakeholders in the sector be held monthly to discuss issues concerning the industry.
He also said that the meeting will be held among the various GENCOs, DISCOs, TCN and other stakeholders across the country and that every decision reached in these meetings would be binding on all.
To this effect, the Minister advised those involved to start pulling resources together for the meetings.
He concludes by stating that the meetings would also involve other professionals like the lawyers, engineers, planners and other stakeholders, and that the ministry would give out communiqué at the end every meeting on steps taken to tackle the challenges in the sector.