President of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dr Al-Mujtaba Abubakar, has called for closer synergy among power sector stakeholders to address the many challenges of the sector.
Speaking while on an advocacy visit to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), the ACCI president noted that lack of cooperation among stakeholders was affecting programme implementation especially with respect to the national mass metering programme.
Abubakar who was received by the NERC team led by its Chairman , Sanusi Garuba, called on the Commission to redouble efforts towards reaching out to electricity consumers, noting the urgent need to deepen trust between the public and the commission.
While presenting the report of ACCI Webinar on mass metering programme, Dr Abubakar applauded the great job the Commission is doing in the regulatory sector but called for more communication with public and other stakeholders.
“As a business association, we note the difficult task of creating a balance between the rights of consumers and the rights of power firms. We know your challenges but the public is like Oliver twist. We must not relent in our outreach to the public while also holding the power firms accountable”, the ACCI leader said.
Responding, the Chairman of NERC, Engr Sanusi Garuba noted the recommendations contained in the webinar report and pledged that the Commission will study it for action.
According to the Commission chairman, the ACCI has acted well by taking keen interest in public policy issues, commending the hosting of the webinars as an invaluable contribution and support for national governance.
He assured the ACCI that the commission is aware of the feelings of Nigerians about happenings in the power sector, explaining that NERC is already expanding the scope for its regulatory activities to attend to the needs of the public and stakeholders.
“We were in Lagos recently and we hosted stakeholders to resolve issues. More such forums are upcoming”, Engr Garuba said.
He expressed the willingness of the Commission to partner the ACCI in its regulatory activities even as he assured the Nigerian public of NERC sacred attention to her statutory mandate.
In attendance at the visit were the president, ACCI, Dr. Al-Mujataba Abubakar; the executive director, ACCI policy advocacy centre, Mr. Olawale Rasheed; the technical assistant to the ACCI president, Mr. Ebenezer Igure and management of ACCI policy centre.
Also from NERC were the chairman, Sanusi Garba; the vice chairman/commissioner market competition and rate, Musiliu Olalekan; the commissioner, consumer affairs, Aisha Mahmud; and other top management of the commission.