A consumer group, Association for Public Policy Analysis (APPA) has given the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola a pat on the back for issuing a directive to the Nigerian Electricity Regulation Commission (NERC) to ensure that the Distribution Companies (DisCos) improve their services.
Investors in the DisCos recently had said about N1.3 trillion shortfall in the electricity market was hampering their performance in meeting their obligations to the consumers.
However in separate statements, some notable consumer groups backed throw their weight behind Fashola, saying that Discos need to be above board and step up their performance in the provision of electricity to consumers.
In his opinion, the National President of APPA, Princewill Okorie said, “We are totally in support of the policy focus of Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing as presented by the Minister, Babatunde Fashola. This is because the Minister by his directive has demonstrated that he is not biased in favour of DisCos, consumers or GenCos.
“When tariff was increased in favour of DisCos, the Minister defended the DisCos and assured consumers that quality of service was going to improve since the tariff increase which was expected to enable DisCos have more money to inject in the system,” he said.
According to the association, the directive should be strictly complied to by the Discos as this will mitigate the harrowing experience of consumers in the areas of power availability and metre provision.