15 November 2012

Nigeria: NERC Begins Training for Electricity Workers

The National Electricity Regulation Commission (NERC) has begun a compulsory training programme for management staff of electricity companies in the country. The "PHCN Management Orientation by NERC" took off in Kaduna on Thursday.

The Managing Director, Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, Mallam Idris Mohammed said the retreat was aimed at appraising the power sector in the country. He said input from the retreat would add value to the ongoing reform in the power sector.

"For the reform to be achieved we need to brace up ourselves with adequate information on how to move the electricity companies forward. "As operators of the electricity system, we need to discuss and evolve best strategies and practices that would improve power supply in Nigeria." The managing director said the retreat would also review the existing market structure to ensure optimal utilisation of resources in the provision of electricity.

He urged the participants to make useful contributions that would have positive impact on the industry. Also speaking, Mr Samuel Omelo, an Assistant General Manager of the compay described the training as timely.

Omelo said the industry has become dynamic and challenging, adding " this is the time to look at our past and proffer solution to the numerous challenges ahead". Mr Baba Limmy-Omar, the AGM Public Affairs told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the side line of the retreat that the NERC has developed guidelines and regulations to govern bulk electricity generation and procurement.

"This framework establishes a systematic, transparent and competitive process for procuring additional electric generation capacity at least cost to consumers."


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