The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has reportedly solicited the support the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) of the United States, to educate and upgrade the knowledge levels of its six commissioners on current regulatory practices in the electricity market, THISDAY reports.
Reliable sources have stated that in response to NERC’s request, NARUC which was founded in 1889 as a non-profit organisation dedicated to representing the state public service commissions which regulate the utilities that provide essential services such as energy; telecommunications; power; water; and transportation in the United States, has sent a Nigerian-American, Dr. Orjiakor Isiogu, a regulatory expert and one-time chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission, to train the commissioners for one year on power sector regulation.
The sources explained that Isiogu would have to train and upgrade the regulatory capacities of the commissioners who were appointed into the board of NERC in February 2017. The commissioners are allegedly finding it difficult to cope with the regulatory demands of the sector. But when contacted for clarification on this development, the head of the public affairs unit of the NERC, Dr. Usman Arabi, indicated that the commission has an existing collaboration with NARUC and that it was within this partnership that Isiogu has come.
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