The ECOWAS Parliament has promised to give adequate support to the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA) to enable it deliver on its mandate.
Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Rt. Hon. Moustapha Cisse Lo, gave the assurance, on Thursday, when the Chairman of ERERA, Prof. Honore Bogler, led his Board to a courtesy call on the Speaker in his office in Abuja.
Receiving the delegation, Speaker Cisse Lo expounded the importance of electricity in the life of human beings, explaining that without electricity, there is very little that the people of the sub-region could achieve.
He added that ERERA was very important to the sub-region, assuring that as representatives of the people, the Parliament would give the organisation all the required assistance and support to succeed.
Speaker Cisse Lo stated that “ERERA is very crucial to the people of the region because everybody needs electricity and without electricity it will be difficult for us to achieve much. So, bearing in mind the investors that would come in and the competition emanating from their activities, there is need for a regulatory body.”
Promising the Parliament’s support, he further stated that “you would have a strong support from the Parliament, because we are the representatives of the people and we are here to work for the people of the region. So we will support you to attain your mandate”
Earlier, the Chairman of ERERA, Prof. Honore, told the Speaker that the delegation was visiting his office to solicit for his support as well as to intimate him on the core mandate and activities of the organization.
He said ERERA was working assiduously to make electricity accessible to the consumers in the sub region maintaining that it was however not regulating within the Member Nations, but concerned with cross border transactions in electricity.
According to him, ERERA was interested in reducing the risk involved in transporting electricity across borders saying “what we are doing is not for ourselves but for the people of the region. We are trying to get better electricity for the region.”
Also briefing the Speaker on the mandate of the organisation, a member of the Regulatory Council, Dr. Haliru Dikko, said the main objective of ERERA is to facilitate cross border trading of electricity, its importation and exportation across borders of Member States.
“We don’t have borders; we are one community, one nation, one country with one physical border across the country. The essence is to facilitate the cost of export of power as well as import”, he explained.
Dikko disclosed that ERERA will harmonize all the different market structures in the region, as well as measures and procedures, adding that “ERERA seeks to ensure that customers within the sub region have proper access to stable electricity.”
Joined with the Speaker to receive the delegation was the Secretary General of the Parliament, Dr. Nelson Magbagbeola, and the Director of Parliamentary Affairs, Mr. Some K. Bertin and Madam Uchenna Duru, Ag. Chief Communication Officer.
The ERERA delegation also included Mr. Aly Mar Ndiaye, its other member of the 3-man Regulatory Council and Mr. Uwem Thompson, the ERERA Communication Officer.
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