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The Managing Director of Electricity Management Services Limited (EMSL), Mr. Peter O. Ewesor, in an interview with The Nation argues that the regulator cannot regulate and at the same time enforce because technical expertise is required to checkmate the operations of the firms.

According to him, "NERC is the regulator, which is supposed to be the agency of government to make laws, regulations, codes, and standards. But an enforcement agency of government is always separated from the regulator.

"But as you know, the industry has been privatised, it is no longer under government and so to give effectiveness and make it something that is actually more efficient, they now moved those functions and all the facilities and expertise to the EMSL to form the core functions and services to be performed.

"Our operations can save the country a whole lot of things; it is unquantifiable. We are going to save this country a lot of funds and resources. I hope you are aware that we are in charge of ensuring that the meters that are brought into the country are of the right quality. If somebody brings meter into this country and the meter is not of the right right standard, and it is not of international standard as specified by the metering code that is made by NERC, we have to checkmate it.

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