FG to Revoke DisCos licences Over Blackout

FG to Revoke DisCos licences Over Blackout
Adebayo Adelabu
Adebayo Adelabu


The Federal Authorities, on Wednesday, declared that it will withdraw the working licences of energy distribution firms that have been deliberately not supplying electrical energy to shoppers throughout the nation, resulting in widespread blackouts in Nigeria.

It said that regardless of efforts by the Federal Ministry of Energy and electrical energy producing firms, some Discos weren’t distributing the facility equipped to them by the Transmission Firm of Nigeria, which had resulted in abysmal provide since this yr.

Energy provide throughout the nation has been horrible since January 2024, as many cities and cities nationwide have been thrown into darkness for weeks as a result of lack of electrical energy.

In a publish on his official X deal with on Wednesday, the Minister of Energy, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, lamented the poor provide of electrical energy throughout the nation, stressing that this was regardless of efforts by the federal government in tackling the problem.

He, nonetheless, identified that findings by his ministry revealed that some energy distribution firms have been willfully not distributing electrical energy to finish customers of their numerous franchise areas.

Adelabu mentioned, “It’s disheartening to witness the decline in energy provide regardless of the concerted efforts to enhance the state of affairs. The ministry has been exerting strain on the producing firms to reinforce their efficiency, leading to a current improve in era to over 4,000MW.

“Regardless of this progress, sure distribution firms are failing to adequately distribute the facility equipped by TCN, whereas vandalism of energy infrastructure exacerbates the issue in areas similar to Abuja, Benin, Port Harcourt, and Ibadan.

“Shifting ahead, I’m dedicated to holding all distribution firms accountable for his or her efficiency. Willful non-performance won’t be tolerated, and extreme penalties, together with licence revocation, could also be imposed.

“Moreover, I’ve instructed TCN to prioritise restore works on broken transmission towers and energy traces to enhance provide in affected areas.”

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Regardless of the widespread blackout and the worsening state of electrical energy provide in Nigeria, newest figures on each day load abstract of energy distribution firms indicated that the corporations did not distribute about 1,769.91 megawatts of electrical energy between February 1 and 14, 2024.

The report identified that information from TCN confirmed that although a few of the energy corporations acquired extra electrical energy load allocation throughout the interval, most of them did not utilise all of the quantum of vitality allotted to them by TCN.

The report additionally quoted Adelabu as saying in an earlier assertion that “findings revealed that some distribution firms have been intentionally not taking over energy provide from TCN whereas some energy traces have been additionally broken by vandals in Abuja, Benin, Port Harcourt and Ibadan areas.”

Nigeria has 11 energy distribution firms they usually embody Abuja, Benin, Eko, Enugu, Ibadan, Ikeja, Jos, Kaduna, Kano, Port Harcourt and Yola Discos.

The report, which gave particulars of the each day quantum of energy rejected by the Discos, said that on February 1, 2024, as an illustration, seven of the facility distributors did not utilise a complete of 128.62MW of electrical energy, whereas 4 others together with Benin, Ibadan, Port Harcourt and Yola took a cumulative extra load allocation of 61.91MW.

By taking extra load, it means the Disco’s precise vitality consumption for that exact day was increased than the load allotted to it by the Transmission Firm of Nigeria.

Nevertheless, the precise consumption figures of most Discos are often decrease than their allotted load, resulting in unutilised or rejected vitality by the facility distributors.

In the meantime, in his Wednesday’s publish on X, Adelabu reiterated that he had summoned some energy distributors and TCN over the poor energy provide state of affairs in Nigeria.

The minister additionally famous that “throughout current supervisory visits to energy producing vegetation, I’ve witnessed firsthand the challenges confronted by the sector.”

He added, “Plans are underway to settle excellent money owed owed to energy era and fuel provide firms, which can alleviate the monetary pressure and contribute to improved era ranges nationwide.

“I urge electrical energy shoppers to stay affected person as we work tirelessly to deal with these points and supply higher service to all Nigerians.”

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