State Governments Are Responsible For Power Epilepsy – Yemi Oke

A Senior Lecturer in the faculty of law at the University of Lagos (Unilag) and the Author, Nigeria Electricity Law and Regulation, has accused the state governments of being responsible for the current state of power in Nigeria.

Mr Yemi Oke, said during a daily breakfast show, Sunrise Daily on Channels Television on Tuesday, that power is a concurrent issue and not an exclusive item according to the constitution.

He said that the constitution states that a state has the authority to generate, transmit and distribute power in areas not covered by the national grid, and to set up regulatory bodies to manage electricity within the state.

“The regulatory environment is somehow skewed in favour of the Federal Government, which should not be,” Mr Oke said.

He further pointed that electricity can be generated according to the climatic and environmental situation, noting that Lagos State could generate power from biomass due to its dump sites.

The lecturer also noted that areas with very hot climate could generate power from solar, while areas where there are wind turbines such as Jos could generate wind power in order to ensure energy grabbing and decentralisation.

On electricity privatisation, Mr Oke warned that privatising a sector and changing its law simultaneously would drive away the investors.

He stressed that electricity tariff cannot be increased without the consent of the consumers, noting that there are structured methodologies involved in the process.

On the issue of metering, Mr Oke was of the view that this would give close to accurate estimation of both residential and commercial consumption, although it would reduce the nation’s consumption pattern as consumers would effectively control their consumption.

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