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Group seeks review of power sector reform Act

The President, Nigerian Association for Energy Economics (NAEE), Prof. Adeola Adenikinju has called for the review of the Electric Power Sector Reform (ESPR) Act 2005.
Adenikinju made the call when he briefed newsmen on the 7th NAEE/International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) international conference slated for Feb. 16 and Feb. 18 in Abuja.
According to him, the review of the Act will enable the government to achieve its objective of transforming the electricity sector.
“ESPR Act is due for review because it is almost a decade that it has been passed.
“After the passage of the Act there are challenges that have occurred, there are many unexpected development that have taken place in Nigeria and across the world.
“The Act needs to be retouched and to take on board the federal nature of power.
“Some governors have been complaining that when they generate power, they are compelled by the Act to send it to the grid when they are yet to supply their people,” he said.
He said that if the Act was reviewed, it would address some of the enumerated challenges.
The president said the theme of the proposed conference is: “Energy Access and Economic Development: Policies, Institutional Framework and Strategic options’’.
He said the conference would focus on energy access to the realisation of the Millennium Development Goals.
According to him, the conference will dwell on the aspiration of Sub Saharan African countries to achieve massive reduction in unemployment, poverty and to boost social and economic development across the continent.
The conference would also focus on how to bridge the gap between the Africa continent and other parts of the world, he said.
Adekiniju, who deplored the unjust distribution of electricity between the rural areas and urban centres, said the conference would review the status of energy access across African countries and within specific countries.
He said the conference would investigate the factors impacting on energy access, discuss success case studies from other parts of the world within parts of Africa.
According to him, the conference will also proffer technological, economic, legal and institutional options, among others, for boosting energy access in Africa.
He said that the conference would attract delegates from within and outside Nigeria with about 90 technical papers to be delivered by professionals in the sector.
He said participants would be exposed to both theoretical and practical expositions on various issues around the topic.

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