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NERC, SON Collaborate To Ban Inefficient Electrical Appliances

Press Release – 10.05.16

Indications for an outright ban of further importation and indigenous manufacturing of substandard and energy inefficient electrical appliances and apparatus emerged with the conclusion of the memorandum of understanding between the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission and Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) earlier in the week.


Leading a delegation of the Commission to the SON headquarters in Abuja, where the final phase of the collaborative efforts was sealed, the acting Chairman, Dr Anthony Akah, mni, said, “We are intensifying efforts to educate electricity consumers on efficient management of their consumption to reduce the burden of electricity bills.”

Akah said that the Commission would need collaboration with relevant agencies of government like the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) in ensuring that electricity consumers achieve more efficient management of their consumption and thus increase access to electricity.

He said that the Commission recently stepped up stakeholders’ engagements especially with organisations, whose core functions runs symbiotically with NERC’s plan to achieve efficient energy consumption.

So far, NERC has established collaboration with the National Orientation Agency (NOA); National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA); Rural Electrification Agency (REA); Consumer Protection Council (CPC) and Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN) among others.

It would be recalled that the Commission recently hosted a delegation of Group 4, Course 37 of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPPS) when a proposal to host annual energy conference was suggested.

Giving an insight into the Commission’s collaboration with other agencies, Akah said it was about pulling resources together to drive demand side management in the sector. He said that the visit to SON was to wrap up an earlier understanding with the agency amongst which include monitoring and labelling of electrical products, both exported and imported into the country using SON’s expertise and network.

Labelling of electrical apparatus would assist relevant government agencies and consumers in identifying most energy efficient appliances which importation or manufacturing should be allowed or patronised.

Akah said, “As the power sector regulator, we seek your expertise so that we can pull resources together and drive energy efficiency. Issue of labelling is dear to our heart. We have a Local Content Panel to help us drive more local content in the Nigerian Electricity supply Industry (NESI), conserve foreign exchange and increase employment.

“We are convinced at the Commission that collaborative effort with strategic government agencies like SON would optimise the country’s limited resources to achieve the objective of efficient use of energy,” he added.

In his response, acting Director General of SON, Dr Paul Angya said, “Ensuring and sustaining standards should be a way of life; hence we are not relenting in driving quality of production.”

He noted that the success of the collaborative effort would be dependent on communication. SON, he said, would work with NERC for a realisation of energy efficiency.

Highlight of the meeting was the nomination of staff of both organisations to be members of a task team to work on the framework to achieve energy efficiency.


Michael Faloseyi – Head, Media Unit