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In this Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010 photo, Esther Jacob sells cassava flour by lantern light in Lagos, Nigeria. Nigeria's president announced a multi-billion-dollar plan Thursday to repair and privatize the oil-rich nation's decrepit national power grid that forces people to rely on private generators to provide electricity. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Despite power failure, high bills, DisCos demand N100bn from FG

In this Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010 photo, Esther Jacob sells cassava flour by lantern light in Lagos, Nigeria. Nigeria’s president announced a multi-billion-dollar plan Thursday to repair and privatize the oil-rich nation’s decrepit national power grid that forces people to rely on private generators to provide electricity. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
The Association  of  Electricity  Distribution Companies (ANED)  has appealed to the  Federal Government to provide the N100 billion subsidy it promised after private investors took over the power sector utilities on November 1, 2013.

ANED, in a statement by its Executive Director, Mr  Sunny Oduntan  also appealed to the government to  inject funds into  the transmission section  of the sector.

It said that the inadequate funding  of the TCN  was responsible for the huge loss and rejection of  electricity load .

According to the statement , government which holds 40 per cent equity in the utilities, had   pledged  to provide many interventions in the Performance Agreement  between  DisCos and the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE).

“To date, the government has not met the privatisation transaction foundational requirements of providing N100 billion in subsidies, payment of MDA electricity obligations;

”It has not ensured that the DisCos have debt free financial books; and the  implementing  of a cost reflective tariff,” it said.

It said that the funding level of TCN  was inadequate, given  TCN’s estimate of 7.5 billion dollars for its five-year expansion plan designed to increase its capacity to wheel  10,000 megawatt (mw), from  the current 4,500mw.

 

It said that the DisCos could only recover their costs when they have more energy  delivered  by  TCN in the area where they have customers.

 

According to the statement, it is unfair for the DisCos to suffer financial losses due to the limitations associated with TCN’s wheeling of electricity.

 

It said  TCN, a public utility, has remained underfunded over several decades.

 

“Such underfunding has resulted in poor transmission infrastructure and planning, with the consequences of grid instability and limited wheeling capacity, adversely impacting the distribution and generation of electricity.”

 

It said that the inadequate funding of TCN was impeding the DisCos’ ability to distribute power and has led to crashes in power turbines of Generation Companies (GenCos) due TCN consistent requests for de-loading. (NAN)

 

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