JUST IN: FG threatens to revoke license of DisCos over poor power supply

Electricity update: Power generation in Nigeria improves to 86,983MWh

The federal government has threatened to remove power distribution companies’ (DisCos) licenses in response to the nation’s ongoing power outages.

Adebayo Adelabu, the Minister of Power, made the declaration on Wednesday in Abuja.

According to Adelabu, the government is highly concerned about the Discos’ continued insufficient electricity distribution, despite the producing companies boosting power output to 4000MW.

The minister also stated that he has summoned the chief executives of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) and Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IEDC), as well as the Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), to explain the ongoing challenges in power distribution across the country.

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He said, 

  • “The Ministry has been exerting pressure on the Generating Companies (GENCOs) to enhance their performance, resulting in a recent increase in generation to over 4000MW.  
  • “Despite this progress, certain distribution companies are failing to adequately distribute the power supplied by TCN, while vandalism of power infrastructure exacerbates the problem in regions such as Abuja, Benin, Port Harcourt, and Ibadan. 
  • “Moving forward, I am committed to holding all distribution companies accountable for their performance.  
  • “Willful non-performance will not be tolerated, and severe consequences, including license revocation, may be imposed.  
  • “Additionally, I have instructed TCN to prioritize repair works on damaged transmission towers and power lines to improve supply in affected regions.”  
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Speaking further, Adelabu revealed that steps are being taken to cleat the debts owed to companies involved in power generation and gas supply, a move that will reduce financial burdens and enhance power generation across the country. 

  • “Plans are underway to settle outstanding debts owed to power generation and gas supply companies, which will alleviate the financial strain and contribute to improved generation levels nationwide.  
  • “I urge electricity consumers to remain patient as we work tirelessly to address these issues and provide better service to all Nigerians,” he added.  
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