BPE to operators: comply with Power Reforms Act

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The Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) has warned operators in the power sector to comply with all the provisions of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act in order to move the sector forward.

Its spokesman, Alex Okoh in a statement, explained that its acting Director-General, Dr. Vincent Onome Akpotaire, said stakeholders are found of picking sections of the Act, which suit their purpose, disregarding others.

The statement explained that the use of some sections of the Act against the others has slowed down the growth of the sector.

It said Akpotaire led a BPE’s team and members of the House of Representatives Committee on Privatisation on oversight visit to the Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JED), to advise stakeholders on the issue.

‘’Power generation was at its lowest in the country today not because of privatisation of the generation companies as being erroneously canvassed in certain quarters, but that the crisis in the sector was caused by  partial compliance, by operators, to the power sector reforms Act.

“Stakeholders such as the Bureau, the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and the National Assembly had the capacity to change the scenario, but that a lot depended on the National Assembly to ensure that the EPSR Act  was  strictly  adhere to by all the operators,” the DG said

The Managing Director, Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JED), Tukur Modibbo expressed optimism that things would improve in the sector, adding that constant interaction among relevant stakeholders in the industry would provide a clearer understanding of issues.

He said the interaction with the lawmakers would guide their decisions in charting a way out from the current crisis that has bedevilled the sector.

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