The Minister of Power, Works, and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has said that state governments could be given approval to apply as eligible customers in the new regulation that allows for large power consumers to be supplied directly by electricity generation companies (Gencos), THIS DAY reports.

Fashola stated this at the recent 16th edition of the monthly power sector operators’ meeting hosted by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) Limited at one of its transmission stations in Ugwuaji, Enugu State.

He explained that as large power consumers, any state government that promptly pays the monthly electricity bills of their ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) would be given approval by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) if they applied to be eligible customers.

He disclosed that since he declared the eligible customers regulation, a couple of interested large power users had contacted him to indicate their interests on its implementation.  He also added; “I am told that the Discos are putting together a position, I will respond to it when I see it, but NERC is now responsible for giving effect to that programme.”