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NOA plans nationwide electricity tariff awareness campaign, while partnering ministry of health for successful health act implementation

Mr. Mike Omeri and Acting Chairman of NERC Dr. Anthony Akah

Following the success of sensitization campaigns by the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in 2012 toward the implementation of the earlier Multi-Year Tariff Order (MYTO), the Agency is set to embark on another nationwide campaign to educate Nigerians on the requirements and benefits of the new MYTO 2015.

The Agency’s Director General, Mr. Mike Omeri disclosed this when the Acting Chairman, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Dr. Anthony Akah paid him a courtesy visit.

Omeri said Nigerians want sustained power supply but need to be properly sensitized on the provisions of the Electric Power Sector Reform (EPSR) Act which aims at delivering that aspiration to them. He noted that, if fully implemented, the Act will enable even indigent Nigerians access to power supply and improve their general quality of life. 

He therefore said the two organizations will immediately develop messaging in both English and local languages to sensitize Nigerians on the new MYTO which takes effect on February 1, 2016.

Earlier, the NERC Acting Chairman observed that the Nigerian power sector reforms must provide an appropriate pricing template which has been lacking, leading to a deficiency in revenues from power. 

This, he said, necessitates the new MYTO which will enable generating, transmission and distribution companies provide needed infrastructure for higher generation and supply of electricity to meet the electricity needs of Nigerians.

Akah said under the new MYTO, all premises must be metered and consumers who subscribe to specific metering models must be supplied meters within 60 days after which they will not be disconnected or charged on estimation if a meter is not supplied. 

He also disclosed that a Power Consumer Assistance Fund has been put in place to cater for the electricity needs of the less privileged in the country, adding that the visit was part of the establishment of a coordinated approach to creating public awareness ahead of the February 1, 2016 new MYTO implementation date.

NOA, health ministry strategise for health act implementation

Relatively, as part of efforts to ensure effective health delivery in the country, NOA and Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria (HERFON) are partnering to create awareness about the National Health Act all level.

Director General of the Agency, Mr. Omeri made this known during the Health Policy Dialogue organized in Abuja by the two bodies with the theme “The 2014 National Health Act: Funding and Achieving Coverage in Nigeria”.

Omeri said that in line with the mandate of NOA to create awareness and mobilize citizens on the government’s policies and programmes, there is need to orientate the public on the provisions of the Act in order to promote citizens’ access to health care. He said that for the National Health Act to succeed, the planning and structure for its implementation should not exclude a conversation involving communities, stakeholders and end users and detailing their proper roles in the structure.

The DG NOA stated that the Agency will deploy its platforms such as the Theatre for Development, social media, television, and the use of the rebranded Community Support Brigade (CSB) who are at the community level to organize the people to give force to the provisions of the Act.

Omeri also hinted that NOA is in the process of breaking down the Health Act into various languages for the understanding of every Nigerian which will serve as a tool to generate feedback to the government for national development.

The partnership is to ensure that all government efforts toward eradicating avoidable health challenges are interpreted for the benefit of all, especially those at the grassroot.

Earlier, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole said that the Federal Government is committed and working towards the implementation of the 2014 Health Act for the benefit of Nigerians.

Adewole said Nigerians should ask for 2% instead of 1% of the consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation because 1% will not achieve much impact.

In his remark, the Chairman, HERFON Board of Trustees, Dr. Ben Anyene said that states are very critical to the implementation process of the National Health Act. He urged states not only to budget for health but to also endeavour to sponsor health related issues with special attention.

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