FG to query non-performing DisCos over ‘worsening power supply’

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The federal government intends to investigate non-performing power distribution corporations due to concerns about the deteriorating power supply.

Adebayo Adelabu, the Minister of Power, summoned the CEOs of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) and the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) and addressed them directly about the declining quality of the electricity supply.

“Wilful non- performance by any DISCO could suffice as a reason for severe punishment or outright license revocation,” Adelabu was quoted as saying in a Saturday statement by his media aide, Bolaji Tunji.

He stated that Adelabu will meet with the discos the following week and that Sule Ahmed Abdulazeez, the Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), has also been called due to the worsening power crisis.

The minister stated that research showed that certain distribution businesses were purposefully refusing to accept power supplies from TCN, and that vandals in the regions of Abuja, Benin, Port Harcourt, and Ibadan had also damaged some power lines.

“These two DISCOs have been summoned due to the worsening power supply situation in their regions despite improved supply from TCN.

“So, we expect power supply to have improved across the country, unlike what we are experiencing in some regions, presently. Findings revealed that some distribution companies were deliberately not taking up power supply from TCN while some power lines were also damaged by vandals in Abuja, Benin, Port Harcourt and Ibadan regions,” he said.

Tunji said that despite the shortage of gas, the ministry has been putting pressure on the Generating Companies (GENCOs) to improve performance and generation has been ramped up to over 4000MW in recent days.

See the full statement below:

Power Minister talks tough on non-performance by DISCOs … summons AEDC, IBEDC, TCN, over deteriorating electricity supply.

Worried by deteriorating electricity supply across the country, Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu has summoned the Chief Executives of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) and Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) over the worsening power supply in their regions. Also summoned is the Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Alhaji Sule Ahmed Abdulazeez over the deteriorating power situation. In a letter signed by the Director, Distribution Services at the Federal Ministry of Power, Engineer B.U Mustapha, the CEOs of these institutions have been asked to attend a meeting called by the Minister in the coming week to discuss issues bothering on worsening electricity supply in their regions with a view to profer a lasting solution.

A statement by Bolaji Tunji, Special Adviser, Strategic Communications and Media Relations to the Minister quoted the Minister that management of other non-performing DISCOs would also be queried over non performance as reports continue to filter in on situation in their regions. “These two DISCOs have been summoned due to the worsening power supply situation in their regions despite improved supply from TCN”, he said.

According to the statement, gas shortage notwithstanding, the Ministry had been putting pressure on the Generating Companies (GENCOs) to improve performance and generation has been ramped up to over 4000MW in recent days.

“So, we expect power supply to have improved across the country, unlike what we are experiencing in some regions, presently. Findings revealed that some distribution companies were deliberately not taking up power supply from TCN while some power lines were also damaged by vandals in Abuja , Benin, PortHarcourt and Ibadan regions”

Going forward, the Minister said focus would be on all the DISCOs to compel them to expected performance while, “wilful non- performance by any DISCO could suffice as a reason for severe punishment or outright license revocation”.

The Minister has also directed TCN to immediately commence repair works on the damaged transmission towers and power lines in order to improve supply in the affected regions.

It will be recalled that the Minister had embarked on supervisory visits to some of the power generating plants in the last few months. He was in Kainji hydro power plant which will soon embark on an expansion plan to boost the existing 560MW operational capacity. He also visited Benue and Taraba States to assess the infrastructure being constructed to evacuate an additional 30 megawatts from the Kashimbilla hydo power station to the national grid. Presently, only 10MW is being evacuated from the hydro power plant.

The minister was also in Olorunshogo and Omotosho thermal plants in Ogun and Ondo States, Ihvobor and Azura power plants in Edo state, respectively.

During the visits, the Minister assured these power plants that plans are underway by the Federal government to defray part of the outstanding debts being owed the power generation companies and the gas supply companies. With this, succour is close to electricity consumers nationwide as we expect this action to improve generation levels across the country. He also appealed to electricity consumers to exercise a little patience while the situation is being turned around.

 

Signed:

Bolaji Tunji

Special Adviser, Strategic Communication and Media Relations