By Moses Ojo
Until there is review of energy policy in Nigeria, the dream of achieving regular power supply in the country will be difficult to realise.
This is the opinion of the National Coordinator of Electricity Consumers Protection Advocacy Group, Comrade Uchendu Okorie.
Okorie, who was speaking during an NTA programme on the issue: “Improving Access to Electricity in Nigeria,” which was monitored by our reporter, traced the major problem confronting the nation’s energy factor to lack of transparency policy.
According to him, it is very wrong for the Discos to claim owners of transformers, wires, poles which residents of different communities contributed money to buy and go ahead to demand exorbitant money for the service they do not enjoy.
He blamed the Consumers Protection Council in the country for not being alive to its responsibility of protecting the consumers, who are cheated daily by the electricity companies.
He urged the Federal Government to constitute a powerful team to monitor the activities of the power distribution companies.
He was of the opinion that Nigerians are not getting the value for the huge amount of money spent on the sector, noting that money released to fix the nation’s electricity is often announced. But he regretted that beneficiaries are not often made public.
According to him, until the issue of power generation, distribution and transmission is painstakingly looked into, stakeholders will continue to release money without achieving the desired results.
He expressed displeasure for the manner through which the electricity tariff is fixed, saying that if the distribution companies continue to pay eye service to consumers’ satisfaction, they will not easily achieve their set targets.