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NERC Has The Capacity To Withdraw Or Deny Licenses Of Non-effecting DisCos, Fashola Says


The current Minister of Power, Works and Housing by name Mr Babatunde Fashola in recent release says the ability to withdraw or deny licenses of non-effecting power Distribution Companies is vested ultimately in the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission.

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Fashola said this on Thursday in Abuja at the 2019 Punuka Annual Lecture with the subject: “Reconsidering the Model for an Effective Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry: Challenges for Government and Industry”.


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As indicated by him, the power not to recharge or to drop the permit of non-performing DisCos exists and it is vested in the controller, NERC and not in the clergyman.

He said that the controller could, tons of purchaser or a gathering of clients correct or drop the permit of a non-performing DisCo.

Fashola said that the forces of NERC to correct or drop licenses is relevant to all authorizing experts, the transmission organizations, age organizations, appropriation organizations and others under the Act.

“The power not to recharge or to disavow the operational permit of any of the expert is in areas 73 and 74 of the Act thus, there is no imposing business model allowed any office except if it is supported on their permit.

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“In this way, there is nothing that prevents the controller from permitting someone else to do indistinguishable exercises inside their domain from DisCo.

“In the event that you are not serving a zone well, you will get a notice that purchasers in the region are troubled and you will be given a period point of confinement to manage the issue.

“Upon inability to address the issue, the controller can change your permit, remove the region from your region and permit it to someone else or drop the whole permit,” he said.

Fashola said that state governments are engaged under the constitution to produce, transmit and disperse power in zones not secured by the national matrix.

As indicated by him, the states have been occupied with framework augmentation, taking the current network to where it has not come to.

He said states have protected forces to fabricate their plant and set up their capacity experts without being addressed.

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The clergyman approached power shoppers to shield control establishments from maltreatment, vandalism, pay bills and furthermore, be vanguards against vitality burglary.

In her comment, Ms Elizabeth Idigbe, the Managing Partner, Punuka Attorneys and Solicitors said the subject of the address was a result of open and private area concern.

She said that supply and accessibility of intensity is vital to the advanced modern economy and crucial for expanding business improvement plan.

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