ECOWAS Parliamentarians Pledge Support for ERERA
By Tony Nezianya
A 7-member delegation from the ECOWAS Parliament has assured ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA) that the Parliament will continue to support the institution to enable it carry out its cross-border electricity regulatory work.
A statement released by Uwem Thompson, the spokes person of ERERA said this will enable it to carry out their function in a responsible and creditable manner.
The assurance was made during a parliamentary oversight mission to the ERERA headquarters on Oct. 8 in Accra, Ghana.
The delegation, led by Mr Christophe Padumhekou Tchao of the Togolese National Assembly, was received by ERERA’s Regulatory Council Member (Engineer), Mr Aly Mar Ndiaye and some professional staff of the institution.
The delegation include members of the National parliaments of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde and Sierra Leone, as well as staff of the ECOWAS Parliament.
Members of the delegation described the visit as a familiarisation tour designed to improve their knowledge of ERERA, including its successes and challenges.
This is also aimed at a better way of informing the Community citizens in member states of the programmes and activities of ECOWAS institutions that are being carried out on behalf of citizens.
Following the enhanced powers granted the Parliament by ECOWAS leaders in 2017, the regional parliament now has oversight functions, including those relating to budgetary matters involving ERERA and other institutions.
In this regard, the Parliament would now monitor activities of the institutions and agencies responsible for the implementation of ECOWAS Community programmes and adopt appropriate resolutions to improve their performances.
The delegation was treated to a presentation on ERERA by Mr Aly Mar Ndiaye.
While answering questions by the delegation, Mr Ndiaye explained the key areas of focus of, and collaboration between ERERA, the West African Power Pool (WAPP) and the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), the three energy institutions of ECOWAS.
He also explained the relationships between ERERA and the national regulatory authorities of member states as well as the Consultative Committees of Regulators and Operators set up by ERERA, to assist in its decision-making processes. ##