chairman of the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA), Prof.
Honore Bogler is in Banjul for an official visit to meet government officials
and relevant stakeholderswith the hope to ending electricity problems.
In a press conference held at Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA)’s head office along Kairaba Avenue, on Tuesday, the chairman said his visit was meant to inform the government and technical personnel of the launching of West Africa Power Pull (WAPP)’s first phase of regional electricity market project to be held on June 29, in Cotonu Benin.
In 1999, West African heads of state put aside a power pull – WAPP that aimed to end the suffering of their people and put a remedy to the insufficient supply of electricity within the region.
The heads of state at that time felt the way forward was to utilize and put together resources in the region and share it on commercial principles to allow countries of less power supply buy it from countries with more reliable and cheaper power supply.
According to Prof. Honore, countries with more resources will render services to less resourceful countries with a regulatory body.
“Now that the use of solar is increasing, we realise that in the north of our region like Niger and Mali have enough sun. As a region, we can tap the sun from the north and the electricity and the gas coming from the south,” he said. “All this will be put on the same market to be shared by all the countries in the region.”
He said this gave rise to ECOWAS forming WAPP mandated to developing the infrastructure for the production and transmission of the energy and ERERA to have the market and a regulatory body to give fair share to member countries.
The launching of the first phase according to the region’s regulatory head will take advantage of energy ministers’ meeting before subsequent phases of the project.