The Lagos State Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources has commenced the process of reviewing the electricity law with the view to developing sustainable energy strategies and policies to promote an enabling environment that will attract investments.
Mr. Olalere Odusote, Commissioner, Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources, in a statement noted that electricity regulation is on the concurrent list of the Constitution which gives the Federal and State Governments the authority to make laws that would improve electricity supply.
The Constitution, Odusote, recalls permits States to make laws with respect to electricity and the establishment in that state, of electric power stations; the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity to areas not covered by a national grid system within that state, and the establishment of any authority for the promotion and management of electric power stations established by the State.
The Federal government he said, has taken the lead by enacting the Electric Sector Power Reform Act, 2005 (ESPRA)and the Establishment of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) which are expected to issue and enforce regulations to develop the sector, but Lagos State has not adequately reaped the expected benefits of the various regulations.
The commissioner recalled that in 2018, the Ministry through the Lagos House of Assembly enacted the Lagos State Power Sector Reform Law to support the development of the electricity sector in Lagos and to achieve its mandate the ministry is in the process of reviewing this Law to drive investments into the energy sector in the State, and to ensure that all Lagosians have access to reliable energy.
“To this end. we hereby invite relevant stakeholders and the general public to submit position papers and comments stating the desired reviews and the implications of such reviews to improved access to reliable electricity in Lagos.
“In addition, stakeholders are requested to share any other relevant electricity sector policies that would promote sustainable electricity access in the State.” said the commissioner.
He maintained that access to reliable and affordable electricity is critical for economic growth, social development and indeed for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals adding that enabling electricity regulations are key requirements to achieving access to reliable electricity.
He said that a public hearing will be scheduled shortly after receipt of the submissions, and interested stakeholders will be required to register to attend.
Source: Oriental News