Experts charge FG to localize electricity distribution

Experts in the energy and real estate sectors on Wednesday charged the Federal Government to localize electricity distribution in the country to improve supply and growth in the sector.

They made the call at the closing of the 3rd Lagos Real Estate Market Place Conference And Exhibition held in Lagos, tagged: “A Town Hall Meeting On The Lagos Real Estate Emerging Markets – Mitigating The Potential Risks.”

Chief Executive Officer, Extradite Consulting, Eyo Ekpo, said distribution of electricity was a local business and should be treated as such to allow the retail electricity distribution business thrive.

Ekpo stressed that the distribution of electricity should not be domiciled with the Federal Government but left to the state governments to handle.

“It is an aberration for nine electricity distribution companies only to cover the 35 states in the Federation. No country in the world does so.

“We live in localities, hence electricity must be localised to foster the desired improvement and growth we desire in the sector,” he said.

Chief Executive Officer, Viathan Engineering Ltd, Habeeb Alebiosu, said inspite of the activities of the regulator and distribution companies, not much had changed in the energy sector.

Alebiosu stated that regulation in the energy sector should be consumer biased to increase the supply and distribution of electricity.

On his part, Managing Director, Auxano Solar, Chuks Umezulora, demanded the domestication of supply chain in the nation’s renewable energy.

Umezulora said governments must put up a policy that encouraged energy efficient appliances, while practitioners must think sustainability in building designs.

Co- Founder/Managing Director, ELALAN Construction Company, Andre Geday, said it was no longer sustainable for his company to spend about N50 million monthly on diesel due to the poor performance of electricity distribution companies.

Geday appealed to the Federal Government to stabilize the sector to avoid the ripple effects of the expenses incurred by companies and industries on the end users of goods and services.

For Ms Doseke Akporiaye, Managing Director, Nigeria Oolu Solar, the Federal Government must work hard to reduce the cost of importation as it was hindered people from acquiring energy devises and solutions.

Ms Owen Inyang, CMO/Co-founder, Juststandout, said before structures were built, energy should be inculcated at the planning stage for self sustainability and promotion of green environment.

Deputy Managing Director, UBA Group,Muyiw Akinyemi also said Practioners in the real estate sector needed access to finance.

He charged banks and financial institutions to focus on Environmental, Social and Governance and ensure risk sharing in every loan request before granting them.

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