NERC orders power firms not to discontinue operations during lockdown

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The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission on Friday issued a “Continuity of Service” directive to all operators in the power sector ordering them not to stop operations following the restriction of movements aimed at halting the spread of coronavirus.

In a statement, the Commission said it has constituted a Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry situation room whose objective was to mitigate against the risk of power disruptions.

“The decision was in consideration of adverse impact of the current movement restrictions as part of the efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19,

“In this regard, a ‘Directive on Continuity of Service in NESI’ has been issued to all operators in the electricity industry with a view to ensuring that their respective service continuity plans are activated immediately.”

The Commission has made plans to accommodate essential members of staff on-site; including health and isolation facilities for a localised outbreak of COVID-19 and provision of vital resources including food, medical supply and other essential materials.

There are also emergency plans for sourcing of essential spare parts and consumables; plans for monitoring of critical assets and other infrastructure; arrangement for early clearance of technical faults and alternative channels for engaging with customers.

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