October 31, 2019
Funding and renewable energy adoption in Nigeria
The Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria
(REAN) is comprised of renewable energy professionals, practitioners,
individuals or organizations that are involved in promoting clean energy for
sustainable living. Our association houses the major players in the
Nigerian RE market and they are making a massive impact in electrifying
Nigeria. Recently our member (Nayo Technology) was the project developer for
the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) 90kW Solar Hybrid Mini-Grid project in
Kebbi State. Auxano Solar, a member who runs the first solar assembly plant in
West Africa just recently commissioned a 240kW solar hybrid system in Lugbe,
Abuja. The largest solar street lighting project was completed by our member
Blue Camel energy, this project worth $9 million has made the city of Jos the
best lit city in Nigeria. REAN members have commissioned over 30 projects in
all geopolitical zones in the country providing electricity to the unserved and
FG inaugurates 100kw solar mini-grid in Akwa Ibom
The Federal Government, through the Rural Electrification Agency, will on Thursday (today) inaugurate a 100KW solar hybrid mini-grid power plant in Akpabom Community in Onna Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. The project, which is the third to be inaugurated under the Rural Electrification Fund, will provide clean, safe, affordable and reliable electricity for the community members, according to a statement. The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, REA, Mrs Damilola Ogunbiyi, reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to meeting its developmental goals by providing electricity access for all. She said, “As an agency, we are responsible for powering unserved and underserved communities; therefore, it is fulfilling every time homes, businesses, schools and medical centres are connected to sustainable solar power.
Kaduna Electric sponsors, employs 30 students
The Managing Director/CEO of Kaduna Electric, Engineer Garba Haruna, has announced the award of scholarship to 10 best graduating students of Government Technical College, Farfaru, Sokoto as well as employment opportunities to 20 others who have a minimum of National Diploma in any technical discipline. He made the announcement during the grand finale of activities commemorating the 61st anniversary of the school, saying that the scholarship covered tuition fees and maintenance allowance for the students throughout their university education.
Ikeja Electric signs pact with Onigbongbo Residents Association
Ikeja Electric has signed Premium Power Purchase Agreement with the Onigbogbo Residents Association to ensure the community access 24 hours daily power supply. The company tweeted this on Wednesday disclosing that the development is in line with its bilateral agreement. Premium Power is Ikeja Electric’s offering in line with the Federal Government’s “willing seller, willing buyer” policy. Under this agreement, residents will enjoy up to 24 hours daily supply. What this means: The Power Purchase Agreement suggests residents of Onigbagbo RA will enjoy a steady power supply when compared to non-residents. However, they will have to pay tariffs much higher than is provided for in MYTO. Residents in Magodo, who currently enjoy a similar arrangement, informed Nairametrics that they pay higher tariffs but have enjoyed regular power supply and often go days without a power cut. They also explained that even when the power cuts, they get messages from Ikeja Electric, explaining why the power was cut and indicating when it will return. We understand Ikeja Electric still relies on the grid to deliver this power as such power cuts will still be expected in the transmission and distribution end.
October 30, 2019
With PMB In Power, There’s Hope For Nigeria – Gwamna
Dr. Jamil Isyaku Gwamna, an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain and the MD/CEO of Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO), in this interview, bares his mind on some salient national issues. MARY AMODU met him What is your assessment of current political activities? When it comes to politics, every nation is unique and the uniqueness of such politics depends largely on the political actors and the political characters that they exhibit. In other matured democracy, after election, it is governance and nothing more. And as far as their system dictates, election remains the final democratic verdict for any candidate and such electoral decisions through the ballot is highly regarded in high esteem. This is not the case with some of our politicians in the country.
EXCLUSIVE: Like P&ID, like Accugas? Nigeria in trouble over another sloppy gas deal
While Nigeria is still struggling to untie the legal knots around the controversial P&ID gas and supply processing agreement (GSPA), another sloppy deal has boxed the country into a tight corner, TheCable can report. A gas supply agreement (GSA) between the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) Ltd and Accugas Ltd has gone sour, forcing the federal government to keep paying over $10 million monthly with or without gas supply to the Calabar Electricity Generation Company (CEGC) Ltd by Accugas. The GSA has a take-or-pay obligation of 803 of the daily 104.8mmscf/day of gas and is backed by World Bank partial risk guarantee (PRG) as payment security. If Nigeria is reported for defaulting in payment, the country’s credit rating will not only be downgraded, the $118 million sovereign guarantee will be called in, thereby putting the nation’s foreign assets at risk.
AEDC Disconnects 3 Communities in Niger For Allegedly Beating Up Staff in Beer Parlour
Minna – The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has left residents of Sauka ka huta, Mandela and Tima Junction in Chanchaga Local Government Area of Niger without electricity for the past six days after one of the company’s workers was allegedly beaten up by some youth in a beer parlour. The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) gathered that the AEDC worker was attacked after he allegedly made disparaging comments about the communities. “The communities have remained in total darkness since the incident,” a resident, Mr Francis George told NAN on Tuesday. He claimed that the official, who was transferred from Kontagora area office to Sauka ka huta, had before the incident, threatened to teach the communities a lesson by disconnecting power supply there. NAN gathered that the communities were having 24 hours of uninterrupted power supply before the incident. Alhaji Sani GaAllah, a community leader in the area described the situation as unfortunate, saying it has crippled social and economic activities.
IBEDC Sets Up 60-man Team To Curb Energy Losses
Lagos – The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) says it has commenced a major “Revenue Protection Campaign”, with a crack team of over 60 executives and officers to curb aggregate, technical and commercial losses. The Chief Operating Officer, Mr John Ayodele, made the disclosure in a statement after inaugurating the team in Ibadan. Ayodele said that revenue protection was needed to block leakages that could make the company go under. He said the trend had made many DISCOs unable to pay their bills to the market operators and the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trader (NBET). He said lack of efficient revenue protection measures had been a major challenge as it deals with illegal consumption of power, prepaid meter bypass, under billing, wrong tariff classification of customers and energy theft. “IBEDC discovered that energy theft and meter tampering accounts for about 60 per cent of revenue losses across its franchise, between January and October and the company has dealt with about 1,333 cases of meter bypass.
World Bank Looks Forward to Nigerian Minigrid Boom
The World Bank expects a boom in Nigeria’s minigrid sector as the multilateral development bank and Nigerian government introduce an auction as part of a five-year, $550 million minigrid tender. The tender is part of a minigrid and solar home electrification program that has been running since June. Speaking at an industry conference held in London in October, the World Bank’s Jon Exel told attendees he believes the program will prove to be a game-changer in Nigeria, where the government has gotten behind renewable and low-carbon energy projects to help achieve universal electrification. And for good reason: Nigeria ranked second worldwide when it came to the national electrification deficit in a 2018 World Bank study, with 80 million households lacking electricity access. Only India had more.
October 29, 2019
Unit Cost Of Electricity Production N56 Less Than Discos Claimed -Power Generation Companies
According to her, power plants built under the NIPP scheme, sell at N19, while the high-end thermal power stations sell at N24. The Association of Power Generation Companies says the most expensively-produced electricity in the country is valued at N24. The Executive Secretary of APGC, Joy Agaji, told Sahara Reporters that the cheapest power sold was sourced from a hydro generation at N11 per kilowatt-hour. According to her, power plants built under the NIPP scheme, sell at N19, while the high-end thermal power stations sell at N24. Citing sources within the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission and the Transmission Company of Nigeria, Kunle Olubiyo, convener of the Nigeria Consumer Protection Network, corroborated Agaji’s figures, saying, “The GenCos average tariff on a monthly basis that is transferred to the Discos as if now, is between N23/kwh to N25/kwh, depending on the combination of hydro and thermal generation that is dispatched in a month.”
Power project: Probe of N1.68b cash to firm begins
Top officials of the Federal Ministry of Power are facing enquiry over the payment of N1.68 billion to a firm whose parent company is indebted to the government and in receivership. The Assets Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON), which questioned the payment, requested the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to probe the payment. The “strange payment”, according to AMCOM, is in respect of the ongoing 215mw project in Kaduna, which is part of the Nigerian National Integrated Power Project (NIPP), of which about $16billion was budgeted but $8.5 billion has been spent since 2005.
FG owes DisCos over N500 billion in electricity Subsidy – PwC
According to the report by PwC, the electricity subsidy payment being owed by the FG to the power distribution companies is expected to rise to N522 billion in 2019, a 36% increase relative to the N384 billion that was owed in 2018. The debt has been soaring over the years, climbing to N235 billion in 2016, from N165 billion in 2015. Essentially, tariff shortfall is the difference between the end-user cost-reflective tariff and the end-user allowed tariff (actual tariff) DicCos currently charge their consumers. It is money due to DisCos from customers. Meanwhile, the shortfall is to be paid by the Federal Government, via the Power Sector Recovery Plan (PSRP) as part of the electricity subsidy. In 2018 only, the tariff shortfall recorded by the 11 DisCos amounted to N384 billion. According to the PwC report, this was due to the fact that electricity consumers were not charged the cost-reflective tariffs.
$1.29bn Zungeru hydropower project 68% completed –Ministry
The $1.29bn Zungeru hydropower plant being built in Niger State has reached about 68 per cent completion level, the Ministry of Power said on Sunday. The project is scheduled for completion in December 2021, with the first unit expected to start power generation to the national grid in December 2020, according to a statement. The Minister of Power, Mr Sale Mamman, was quoted as saying during an inspection visit to the project site that he was satisfied with the pace and quality of work. He said, “With the appreciable level of the work, the ministry will avail the contractors its maximum support in delivering the project within the time frame.” Mamman urged the contractors to stick to the contract specification to ensure quality work. Conducting the minister round the project, the Project Consultant, Mr Tunde Adewunmi, gave an assurance that the project would be completed on schedule, saying the contractors had no issue that might hinder its early completion, according to the ministry.
KEDCO@6: Gwamna lauds staff, customers, excited over achievements.
KEDCO@6: Gwamna lauds staff, customers, excited over achievements. As Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) marks its 6th anniversary on Friday Nov. 1, the Managing Director, Dr. Jamil Isyaku Gwamna has commended the staff and customers of KEDCO for their support and commitment toward having the kind of achievements recorded so far in KEDCO’s six years of operation. According to him, KEDCO will be 6 years old and there is going to be a grand style celebration to mark the anniversary and appreciate Almighty Allah and all those who have contributed in no small ways to the development of the company. Gwamna stated that the achievements and good image that the company have been able to achieve couldn’t have been possible without the staff that remained the engine room of our successes in recent times. “We are very much aware of the huge contributions of our staff in ensuring that they keep KEDCO’s flag flying in terms of challenging the status quo and ensuring that all narratives are changed to reflect the positive records that are being celebrated today.
October 28, 2019
Nigerian Disco, PHED reveals five-year performance plan
More than five years after privatisation, the Nigeria power sector has been facing major setbacks as liquidity, manpower and other challenges have continued to haunt the sector. Power distribution companies (Discos) have been unable to meet their performance agreement and this has led Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to request all Discos to come up with their five-year Performance Improvement Plans (PIP) for the period of 2020 – 2024. Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Plc (PHED), one of the eleven Discos has submitted its plan to the regulator. In developing this plan, PHED’s performance in the last five years of operations was reviewed and all the constraints that led to non-performance were identified and evaluated.
The Disco states in the document that it has embarked on “key objectives of efficiently managing the operations, metering all customers, rehabilitating and modernising the existing distribution system, expanding the electrical network to provide reliable power to new customers, achieving the key performance targets, achieving commercial viability for the company and improving service delivery to the customers.”
George Etomi addresses Discos and NERC relationship in in Nigeria’s power sector
The Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors says Discos will need an estimated N8.7 billion annually to meet the new remittance expectations set by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). Director of Eko Electricity Distribution Company, George Etomi joins CNBC Africa for more.
Power probe: EFCC traces N1.5b bribe cash to NPDHC chief
The EFCC has interrogated about 50 people over $9 billion power project scandal – According to reports, those interrogated include a permanent secretary and functionaries of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) – There are new revelations on how contractors and top officials of the NDPHC shared about $8.5 billion Not relenting concerning Nigeria’s $9 billion power project scandal, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reportedly brought about 50 people for interrogation. According to The Nation, the people the EFCC interrogated included contractors and top government officials. The newspaper reported that those quizzed include a permanent secretary, functionaries of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company and those of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN). Going further, it was reported that there are new revelations on how contractors and top officials of the NDPHC shared about $8.5 billion spent on the power project. It was reported that contractors allegedly collected huge sums of money without doing anything while some officials hijacked money set aside for compensation to communities that will be hosting the projects. The report also said the anti-graft agency has already traced about N1.5 billion to the accounts of an official of NDPHC.
Yenagoa: The darkest capital city in the world
”If darkness were a natural resource, Bayelsa would be one of the richest states in Nigeria” Mr Welson a frustrated resident of Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital wrote to lament the epileptic power supply in the state. Welson is not alone. Residents of Yenagoa agonise daily on the poor power situation in the state. It has crippled businesses; forced some to relocate out of the state; threatens night life and makes crime and criminality thrive. For those who live in Bayelsa between 1999 and 2005 and enjoyed steady power supply through the state owned Gas Turbine at Imiringi, the present situation is unbearable. In October 2006, residents of Yenagoa and Bayelsans across the eight local government areas celebrated the Bayelsa State connection to the national grid which many expected to boost electricity supply by complimenting the operations of the Gas Turbine for residents to enjoy regular power supply. The reverse has however been the case. Not only has the Gas Turbine gone comatose, the connection of the national grid which is only to Yenagoa has been a curse. To make matters worse residents believe the privatisation of the power sector with the coming of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) has been a punishment for the people of the state. Residents pay light bills and yet they don’t have electricity.
Pre-paid meter racket
The crime ring should be busted before it becomes another national epidemic WHAT stolen pre-paid meters are in some Lagos markets, for as high as N95, 000, should bother everyone. It appears a triangular racket: (1) a market which demand is fuelled by households’ desperation to escape the fraudulent estimated billing by electricity distribution companies (DisCos); (2) colluding DisCos’ insiders with illicit eye for the fast buck; (3) unscrupulous police operatives who though know the market, raid for periodic bribe and not to stop the racket. To smash this crime ring, the authorities must fashion a formula to attack and crush the three legs of the racket. Otherwise, another thriving post-estimated billing crime market would have dawned, thus leading to likely serious sabotage, even as efforts are on to fix the intractable power problem. A good place to start is to knock off the demand pool. The demand is spurred by consumer panic, borne out of helplessness, over the widespread estimated billing fraud.
Traders appeal to Sanwo-Olu for prepaid meters
Traders at Aroso Market in Mile 2 area of Lagos State have lamented over the estimated bills which Ikeja Electric (IE) has been giving them. They said the ‘crazy bills’ as such bills are commonly called, are affecting their businesses, adding that they have been receiving the bills since June. The leader of the market (Baba Oja), who is also the Babaloja General of Amuwo Odofin Local Government, Alhaji Abass Yusuf, who spoke at the weekend when he led the traders on a peaceful protest at the headquarters of IE in Alausa, Ikeja, appealed to the Lagos State Government to come to their aid by facilitating the supply of prepaid meters to them. He said the economic hardship experienced by the traders had chased a lot of them away from the market.
Yusuf said they have sent letters to the company over their problems, to no avail. “We have written several letters to them. We wrote to their undertaking office at Mile 2 and Okota. We even wrote to their office in Ikeja before we contacted a non-governmental organisation (NGO), the Human Right Initiative Organisation, who intervened without success.
October 27, 2019
Firm to unveil water-powered generators in Nigeria
A Nigerian firm, Buserve Limited, has announced plans to introduce hydrogen-powered generators into the country to enable businesses to reduce their electricity costs. The Chief Executive Officer, Buserve Limited, Mr Laitan Aderinto, who disclosed this at a press briefing in Lagos, said the technology was being deployed in Europe. He said, “We are partnering with a German company. We are starting with the bigger generators with capacity of 500KVA and above. Our plan is to ensure that factories are back to normal; the price of diesel is killing them. “If the government is ready, we are ready to work with them. For instance, there are independent power plants in Lagos that are being powered by gas. We can have IPPs powered by water instead of having to look for gas before you can power your generators.” He explained that water-to-hydrogen gas mass production technology represented a major scientific breakthrough of the utmost importance.
ZAINAB AHMED: $3bn W’Bank Loan to Solve Nigeria’s Two Critical Power Problems
Following the conclusion of the 2019 annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, the Nigerian delegation led by the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, addresses journalists. The federal government team, which includes the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, his deputies and directors as well as a couple of heads of agencies address fiscal and monetary concerns in the economy. Kunle Aderinokun, Obinna Chima, Ndubuisi Francis, Nume Ekeghe and Nosa Alekhuogie present the excerpts We have very productive meetings with the World Bank group, the country team on the power sector in Nigeria. The discussion was centred around the power sector recovery program wherein we received an update on the outstanding issues covering sustainable fiscal support, policy as well as regulatory environment.
GEIL to commence power generation
Green Energy International Limited'(GEIL), an indigenous oil company, on Sunday, disclosed plans to begin power generation from its initial 6 MW gas to power facility being constructed on its Operational base in Ikuru town, Rivers state. The firm said that the intent is to provide uninterrupted power supply to it’s host communities in Rivers State and its production facility. The Company’s Chairman, Prof Anthony Adegbulugbe disclosed this at a stakeholders’ workshop organised for the company by ‘Akassa Associate’ in Port Harcourt, yesterday, on Corporate social responsibility and sustainability. Adegbulugbe said the 12MMSCFD LPG extraction Plant at Ikuru town, would be completed and commissioned for use by the second quarter of next year as fabrication has been completed in China. According to him, GEIL which is the operator of the Otakikpo Marginal Field, has embarked on the projects in fulfillment of its gas utilization strategy which will lead ultimately to zero gas flares from its field.
I’m ready to die with Discos to ensure availability of Power- NERC MD
Drama ensued at the interactive session of Senate Committee on Power when the Chairman of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Prof. James Momoh, vowed to die to ensure that Distribution Company (Discos) meet up with their obligation to ensure stable electricity. But, the Managing Director of Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO), Dr. Jamilu Isyaku Gwamna, also countered the MD of NERC that he is ready to die twice to ensure that there is power because he has invested millions of dollars into power sector. He corrected the impression that Discos are stealing money, saying: “I am an investor, I put in millions of dollars to buy it. I am ready to die to ensure that there is Power.
October 26, 2019
BEDC gets December deadline on improved power supply
The Ekiti State Government has given the Benin Electricity Distribution Company December 31 deadline to ensure improved electricity supply in the state. The BEDC was mandated to rehabilitate or overhaul the transformers and 33kv installations operating below the expected capacities for the state to enjoy uninterrupted power supply. These were part of resolutions at a meeting between the state Commissioner for Public Utilities, Bamidele Faparusi, and the BEDC management led by Mrs Kunbi Labiyi in Ado Ekiti on Thursday.
October 25, 2019
Group bemoans BEDC’s estimated billings
A group on the platform of Network of Civil Society Organization of Nigeria (NOCSON), yesterday, said electricity consumption billings under the estimated billing arrangement of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) is higher than the nation’s N18, 000 minimum wage for workers. The group also said five years after the BEDC was issued its operational license, its management has failed in all areas of expectations. It said the people have lost confident in the company’s capacity to deliver their part of the contract with the federal government. Ogbidi Emmanuel, Secretary General of NOCSON who stated this at a media briefing in Benin City urged the Federal Government not to renew the operating license of BEDC over what it described as poor service delivery. He said the operating license of electricity distribution in the area which includes Edo, Ondo, Ekiti and Delta States should be re-awarded to a reliable and competent company.
Why it is difficult to meet NERC’s N24.2 bn debt deadline — DISCOs
Electricity distribution companies (DISCOs) on Wednesday explained why it difficult to meet the 60-day ultimatum by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to settle over N24.2 billion debt to gas suppliers. “To meet the new remittance expectations, DISCOs will have to finance an average gap of N725 million per month, about N8.7 billion per year, until increased collections bridge the gap,” the DISCOs said in a statement through the Director, Research and Advocacy, Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors, Sunday Oduntan. The DISCOs blamed their inability to meet the 35 per cent remittance threshold specified by NERC on the liquidity crisis in the power sector, saying compliance with the NERC order will impair their obligation to their workers, as it will create labour unrest and reduce overall performance.
IE restores power in community after PUNCH report
Three months after the Ikeja Electric threw residents of the Odokekere community in Ogun State into darkness over the alleged assault on its employees, power has been restored in the community. The development followed The PUNCH’s report on the protest held by residents of the community who demanded that power be restored in the community located in the Sagamu Local Government Area. A resident of the community, Abayomi Oseni, told our correspondent on Thursday that electricity was restored on the day the report was published in The PUNCH.
He said, “We thank The PUNCH for a job well done, power was restored on the day the story was published. Residents jubilated when the power was restored and right now we are privileged to do things that we don’t normally do before, like watching the news at early hours.
October 24, 2019
EEDC improves power supply to Nsukka, environs
The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) has said that the completion of the realignment of its Nsukka Township 11KV feeder has led to improved electricity supply to Nsukka and its environs to 18 hours daily. The Head of Communications of EEDC, Mr Emeka Ezeh, made this known in a statement made available to newsmen in Enugu on Thursday. Ezeh noted that electricity consumers in the area, including commercial banks and hoteliers, now enjoyed reliable and steady supply during their active time (between 6 am and 5 pm). According to him, the new development has tremendously reduced the customers’ expenses on diesel and generator maintenance. “The recent effort is coming on the sidelines of EEDC’s commitment towards improving the socio-economic state of the South-East region,” he said. Ezeh urged electricity consumers to safeguard all electricity installations in their neighbourhood and assured them of EEDC’s commitment to reliable and improved service delivery.
Electricity Consumers Accuse NERC of Colliding with IBEDC to Exploit Them
On Wednesday October 23, 2019, Electricity consumers in the South West could not hide their displeasure at the DISCOs and Customers Care Forum organized by the Nigerian Electricity Regulation Commission, NERC, held at Jogor Event Centre, Liberty Road, Ibadan, capital of Oyo State. Their grievances bordered on the unsatisfactory and exploitative services as well as nefarious acts they alleged that the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, IBEDC, has subjected them to ever since its inception. There were protests from different landlords/landladies associations, who stormed the forum with different posters, placards of different descriptions, condemning the privatization of the nation’s electricity company. One of the aggrieved customers said that the DISCOs is an avenue where the government is milking the poor masses and an avenue for the rich investors that bought the company to rob the commoners of their hard earned money.
IBEDC Calls For Cost-Reflective Electricity Tariffs
Ibadan – The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) has called for the use of cost-reflective tariffs to enable distribution companies to make commensurate gains on their investments. Mrs Busolami Tunwase, the IBEDC Media Officer, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan on Thursday. “What the DISCOs are clamouring for, right now, is to have a cost-reflective tariff; like you know what you buy is not what you sell. “So, until there is a cost-reflective tariff, energy supply won’t be a smooth sailing business trip for anyone in the power sector,” Tunwase said. She also said that payment for electricity consumed by consumers had been a big issue. “People don’t want to pay for the energy they have used,’’ she claimed. Tunwase advised the Federal Government to explore the alternative source of energy generation to solve the problem of power outages.
NOSCON Calls on FG not to renew Licence of BEDC
The Network of Civil Society organizations of Nigeria has called on the Federal government not to renew the license of Benin Electricity Distribution Company in the interest of peace because the company has not lived up to expectations in ensuring stable and steady electricity supply. Efosa Uwangue reports that the group made this known today at a press conference held in Benin City.
We need N8.7bn to meet NERC’s order – Disco
Power distribution companies on Wednesday announced that they would require N8.7bn in order to comply with the revenue remittance order set by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission. The power firms urged the National Assembly to intervene in the current liquidity crisis in the sector. The Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors in a statement issued in Abuja said the Discos would need N725m every month to meet the threshold of 35 per cent remittance level set by the NERC in the meantime. Its Executive Director, Research and Advocacy, Sunday Oduntan, was quoted as saying, “To meet the new remittance expectations, Discos will have to finance an average gap of N725m per month, estimated at N8.7bn per year, until increased collections bridge the gap.”
Much ado about stranded 4,000Mw of electricity
Experts are divided over the reported 4,000 stranded generated electricity in the power sector, writes AKINOLA AJIBADE The power industry is replete with irregular power supply, estimated bills, lack of meters by Meter Asset Providers (MAPs) and new electricity tariffs. The latest problem is stranded 4,000 megawatts (Mw). But experts are divided over the existence of the problem, with some saying it couldn’t be. Niger Delta Power Holding Company of Nigeria (NDPHC) Managing Director Mr. Chiedu Ugbo described the development as unfortunate, adding that the country is struggling to meet the electricity needs of its people. Shedding more light on the issue during the inauguration of transmission substations in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Ugbo said about 4,000Mw of electricity was stranded. He attributed the problem to poor infrastructural facilities. He noted that the development informed the decision by NDPHC to open the commissioned transmission substations, among other facilities, across the country.
Concerns grow over Nigeria’s Energy Poverty
Experts have expressed concerns over the poor energy output in Nigeria both in the petroleum and power sectors as the country joins the global community to mark the 2019 World Energy Day. Every 22nd day of October is observed as the World Energy Day and also used to raise awareness about global energy-related issues. The WED was reportedly proclaimed on July 22, at the World Energy Forum in 2012. Operators in Nigeria’s energy sectors stated that the WED had always been used to raise awareness around the creation and implementation of policies that increase energy efficiency and conserve natural resources. They further noted that one of the aims of the World Energy Day was to demonstrate the impact of energy choices made by countries and individuals with regards to production and use on the environment.
Nigeria’s Egbin Power highlights thermal power
This year’s Future Energy Nigeria conference and exhibition, taking place from 12-13 November in Abuja, offers the unusual opportunity to be part of a technical site visit at Egbin Power Plant. An affiliate of the Sahara Group and indigenous energy conglomerate, the power plant is nestled in the serene town of Egbin, located in Lagos State, South West Nigeria. The company operates one of the largest thermal power plants in Sub-Saharan Africa and contributes over 10 per cent of the total electricity generated to the Nigerian National Grid, making it the heartbeat of power and the largest provider of electricity to Africa’s largest economy. Using a closed cycle thermal system, water is sourced and transferred from deep wells via a treatment plant to a steam generator. This process starts the power generation cycle with the end result being that power is wheeled out at the most cost effective rate achievable within optimal levels of efficiency and the highest standards in safety and compliance.
NERC’s Threat: Discos Warn of Job Losses, Poor Electricity Services
About 39 days to the expiration of the 60 days’ notice the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) gave to eight electricity distribution companies (Discos) to show reasons why it should not withdraw their operational licenses over alleged abuse of provisions of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act (EPSRA) 2005, the Discos have approached the National Assembly to intervene in the regulatory action against them. The Discos in a statement issued wednesday by their umbrella trade association – the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), also claimed it would cost them N8.7 billion to settle their debts to the electricity market for which the NERC intends to withdraw their licenses. According to them, jobs would also be lost, while electricity supply to consumers in the country would be impaired if they have to settle the debt to the power market.
October 23, 2019
Ekiti community gets electricity after two years’ outage
Residents of the Ode-Ekiti community in Gboyin local government area of Ekiti State have been rejoicing following restoration of power supply to the area last Friday by the BEDC Electricity Plc after a two-year outage. The restoration was the outcome of series of meetings between the BEDC management and the community, which started with the installation of bulk pre-payment meters to all the sub-stations in the community, before the energisation of the transformers. ADVERTISEMENT A resident of the community, Mr Biodun Akomolafe, welcoming the restoration as “a good development”, described the long outage as “a lifeless period” for residents. “All the artisans fled the community,” he remarked.
Making Power Sector Work
The Managing Director of Schneider Electric for Anglophone West Africa, Mr. Christophe Begat, was recently reported to have said that about 90 per cent of Nigerians lack access to safe and efficient electricity. Begat’s disclosure which was made at his firm’s 2019 Digital Innovation Day in Lagos, raises serious concern as it came from an expatriate who expectedly spoke from a professional standpoint rather than a politician whose argument is wont to be laced with unnecessary propaganda. To be sure, Nigerians had previously bandied figures to illustrate the prostate state of the nation’s power sector but none has been as frightening as the latest rating from a firm that is deeply engaged in the development and management of minigrid power supply systems, especially in Nigeria’s rural areas.
DisCos laud FG on power sector loan
The power Distribution Companies (DisCos) have lauded the federal government on the move to get a $3 billion (about N1.1 trillion) loan from the World Bank to fix the power sector liquidity crisis. Executive Director of the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), Chief Sunday Oduntan, who spoke on Arise TV on Monday said, the loan which was announced recently by Minister of Finance Zainab Ahmed, was a good step in the right direction. He said: “This (loan) is meant to allow us to do things that we are supposed to do while waiting for a point in time when we would face reality on the cost of the product.”
Eni burnishes credentials with Obiafu 41 start
Eni has begun producing gas and condensate from its Obiafu 41 find, with output going to the domestic power market. The company paid particular attention to the speed with which the well had been brought into production, only three weeks after it was completed. Eni said this was driven by its integrated model, under which various parts of the company work in parallel during exploration, with a focus on developing finds via existing production facilities. The well was drilled as part of an effort to chase near-field and deeper opportunities. The find holds around 28 billion cubic metres of gas and 60 million barrels of condensate. Once it has finished ramping up, production will be 3 mcm per day of gas and 3,000 barrels per day of condensate. Gas will go to the 28 mcm per day Ob-Ob plant and then on to the Okpai Power Plant, with both of these facilities operated by Eni.
October 22, 2019
NERC directs DisCos, MAPs to install meters immediately after payment
Electricity consumers in the country can now have their prepaid metres immediately after payment, the Commissoner, Consumer Affairs, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) Dr. Moses Arigu has said. Arigu asked Distribution Companies (DISCOs) and Meter Assets Providers (MAPs) to intensify effort in supplying meters to electricity consumers within their operational areas as soon as payment were made. Arigu made this known at a Discos and Customers Care Forum, yesterday during an interactive session with consumers in Ikeja, according to Agency reports. Arigu said that the goal of NERC was to ensure that all electricity consumers in the country were metered to curb arbitrary estimated billings by the Discos, and also increase the revenue of the electricity value chain. He also reiterated that electricity customers across the country could either pay fully for their meters or pay in installments for a period of 10 years. “It is the Discos that introduced MAPs to the regulatory authority; hence the effectiveness of the MAPs remains their responsibility. “A customer does not have a contract with the MAPs. It is the responsibility of the Disco to ensure that all customers are metered. “Payment for the meter is either through upfront payment or instalment payment of up to 10 years,” he said, stressing that it depended on the option chosen by the customer. NERC Commissioner said that the forum was initiated to hear complaints from customers regarding the MAPs and how they could be addressed, toward fast-tracking the metering processes.
DisCos laud FG on power sector loan
The power Distribution Companies (DisCos) have lauded the federal government on the move to get a $3 billion (about N1.1 trillion) loan from the World Bank to fix the power sector liquidity crisis. Executive Director of the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), Chief Sunday Oduntan, who spoke on Arise TV on Monday said, the loan which was announced recently by Minister of Finance Zainab Ahmed, was a good step in the right direction. He said: “This (loan) is meant to allow us to do things that we are supposed to do while waiting for a point in time when we would face reality on the cost of the product.” Speaking on the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Oduntan said the section of the value chain was a problem that government needed to fix. “I can confirm that the current federal government has been making a lot of effort to improve the situation of TCN,” he said. Reacting to the recent notice of the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to cancel the licences of eight DisCos that defaulted in remittances, the ANED executive said, “There is no way we can be buying a product at a higher price and selling below the cost price and one is expected to pay 100% back to the market.”
KEDCO lauds FG over improved power supply, pledges support to TCN
Following efforts by the Federal Government to build a code line from Kaduna to Kano as another source of supply to channel power to Kano from Kaduna, Sokoto and Calabar with a view to improving the quality of power in Kano State, the MD/CEO, Dr Jamil Isyaku Gwamna has commended the effort of the Federal Government and Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) in that regard and pledged KEDCO’s unrelenting support to boost power supply Kano state and beyond. As part of this effort by the Federal Government, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) will install another 330KVA transformer at Rimin Zakara in Kano State to be connected to the Kumbotso sub-station and install another 330KVA at Jogana substation in Gezawa LGA of the state. Gwamna said: “The effort of the FG and TCN towards improved power supply evidences the fact that the government is doing a lot to ensure that Nigerians feel the impact of this administration in terms of power supply and this is overall commendable. Dr. Gwamna added “It shows that the government is aware of the need to use power especially in Kano to resuscitate the manufacturing sector and we are always in whatever deal that will bring about improvement in the power supply to boost our capacity to distribute more to our numerous customers.
FG Generated N135bn from Afam Genco, Others
The Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) has disclosed that the federal government generated N135 billion from its privatisation of four power assets in the country to support the 2019 budget. In a statement, the agency stated that the privatisation of Afam power generation company (Genco), Afam Three Fast Power Genco, re-sale of government shares in the Yola electricity distribution company (Disco) as well as the sale of 29 per cent of the federal government’s shares in the Geregu Genco provided the funds. According to the statement, the government had mandated the BPE to fund the budget by N220 billion. It explained that the N135 billion was part of its expected contribution to the budget. It stated that its Director General, Mr. Alex Okoh, disclosed this at a meeting in the National Assembly. The National Council on Privatisation (NCP) had recently approved Transcorp Power Consortium as the preferred bidder for the Afam Genco which included the Afam fast power in a renewed privatisation of the power assets with a bid price of N105.3 billion or $343.6 million as well as Diamond Stripes Consortium as the reserve bidder with a price of N102.3 billion.
System collapse: TCN to maintain Calabar, other power lines
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) is shopping for contractors within the next 42 days to maintain two of its transmission lines spanning Odukpani near Calabar in Cross River State, and Alaoji in Abia State. Daily Trust investigation last weekend identified those lines as key points for system disturbances or collapses. The national grid comprising several networks of transmission lines has recorded 206 system collapses between 2010 and July 2019. In a tender published on Monday, the public utility company said it is using its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to pay for the comprehensive maintenance of the two power lines. Then first is a 330 kilovolt (kV) line stretching for 144 kilometres from Alaoji (Abia) through Ikot Ekpene (Akwa Ibom) where there is a huge switching station built by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), to Odukpani (Cross River). The line evacuates generated energy from the 500 megawatts (MW) NIPP power plant in Odukpani to the national grid. The second line is a 132kV line covering a 179 kilometre distance from Yenagoa (Bayelsa) through Ahoada (Rivers), passing through Owerri (Imo) to Alaoji (Abia) from where the about 560MW Alaoji NIPP is evacuated.
AEDC to provide 1MW mini-grid energy for Wuse Market
The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has signed agreements with Wuse Market Traders Association and Green Village Electricity (GVE) to provide an interconnected mini-grid of 1 megawatt (MW) energy to the market. The hybrid power solution has a strong battery storage system to consistently power the Small and Medium scale Enterprises (SMEs) in the market, AEDC officials said at the weekend. Managing Director of AEDC Engr. Ernest Mupwaya said the project is in line with the federal government’s objective to drive SMEs. He said the project will be a mix of power grid supply with electricity generated from solar Tesla batteries to achieve very high reliability to over 2,000 customers in Wuse market. “This will be the first interconnected mini-grid in Nigeria and the first interconnected mini-grid that deploys Tesla battery technology in sub-Saharan Africa,” Mupwaya explained. He also revealed that AEDC has plans to expand the initiative across the Federal Capital
Territory (FCT) including Idu industrial site.
October 21, 2019
FG to increase national grid capacity to 11,000MW
Electricity supply in the country may soon improve following the plan by the federal government to increase the operational grid capacity to 11,000MW. The presidency on Monday, October, 21, tweeted that there would be a critical upgrade of interventions in the transmission and distribution segments of the power sector, developed by the federal government in partnership with Siemens. According to the statement, the agreement would lead to an increase in the operational grid capacity to 11,000MW over the next few years. The presidency explained that the implementation agreement for the roadmap was signed by on July 22, 2019, in a ceremony presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari. “The Nigeria Electrification Roadmap (NER) is a set of critical upgrade interventions in the transmission & distribution segments of the power sector, developed by @NigeriaGov in partnership with @Siemens, to increase operational grid capacity to 11,000MW over the next few years,” the tweet read in part. “The Implementation Agreement for the Roadmap was signed by @NigeriaGov and @Siemens on July 22, 2019, in a ceremony presided over by President @MBuhari.”
Electricity generation companies (GenCos), comprising gas-fired and hydro stations, say they could not generate 1,631.5 megawatts of electricity on Saturday due to unavailability of gas. This is contained in a daily energy report by the advisory power team, office of the vice-president. The report said 0 megawatts of electricity was not generated due to unavailability of transmission infrastructure during the period. Similarly, it said 3,258.5 megawatts were not generated due to high frequency resulting from unavailability of distribution infrastructure. The report, however, said the GenCos released an average of 3,349 MegaWatts/hour of electricity into the national grid on Saturday. It said the electricity sent out by the GenCos was down by 16.77 megawatts from the 3,365 released on Friday. The report said zero (0) megawatts was recorded as losses due to water management procedures. The report revealed that the power sector lost an estimated N2.34 billion on Saturday due to insufficient gas supply, distribution and transmission infrastructure. On sector reform/activities, it said that the dominant constraint for Saturday was high frequency resulting from unavailability of distribution infrastructure.
Any Nigerian Who By-Passes Metre Will Be Fined N115,000 – Electricity Commission
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has threatened to fine customers who engage in unauthorised access to electricity, tampering and by-passing of meters between N50,000 and N115,000. The Commission explained that such fine will take care of administrative charges, reconnection charges and loss of revenue charges. The Commissioner for Consumer Affairs in the NERC, Dr Moses Arigu, who spoke today, October 21, at a Discos and Customers Care Forum in Lagos, directed Distribution Companies (DISCOs) and Meter Assets Providers (MAPs) to intensify effort in supplying meters to electricity consumers within their operational areas. Dr. Arigu said that the goal of NERC was to ensure that all electricity consumers in the country are metered to curb arbitrary estimated billings by the Discos, and also increase revenue of the electricity value chain. He said that electricity customers across the country could either pay fully for their meters or pay in instalments for a period of 10 years. “It is the Discos that introduced MAPs to the regulatory authority; hence the effectiveness of the MAPs remains their responsibility. “A customer does not have contract with the MAPs, it is the responsibility of the Disco to ensure that all customers are metered.
Nigeria Secures $3 Billion Loan To Improve Its Power Sector, But Will That Solve The Problem
Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, yesterday disclosed that the World Bank has approved the country’s request for a $3 billion loan. During a press briefing at the end of the 2019 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank in Washington DC, Ahmed said that the federal government had put in a request for the financing of its power sector at the range of $1.5 billion to $4 billion. The loan, which is to aid the expansion of the transmission and distribution networks in the power sector, will be disbursed in four tranches of $750 million each. “Our plan is that the team will be able to go to the World Bank for the approval of the first tranche in April 2020,” Ahmed said. The minister revealed that the $3 billion will be deployed in improving the distribution network and part of it will be used to close the gap between current tariff and the cost of running the business by the Distribution Companies (Discos). “This will lead to the exit of subsidy in the power sector thereby restoring the business side,” she added. Over time, the shortage of power supply in Africa’s biggest economy has been a challenging issue, resulting in an increase in business expenses and impeding the growth of almost all the sectors in the country. The loan acquired by the government to solve the issue of power supply is commendable. Nevertheless, there are concerns about implementation and accountability.
hits Agbarho, Ughelli communities in Delta state
Agbarho and several communities in Ughelli north local government area have been in darkness for over a week. Residents of Agbarho who spoke to the Vanguard said the power outage started since penultimate Thursday, appealing to the Benin Electricity Distribution Company, BEDC to take steps to fix the lingering problem. Some of them said they were bitter that since the blackout hit the community and other parts of the local government there had been no word from the electricity company to consumers on the cause of the problem. “ We have been depending on Okada riders for information on the likely cause of the blackout that is going to two weeks in the area. Some told us it was a cable that snapped. But they could not say where it happened. “, a lady resident on Orokpokpo road, Agbarho said. The residents in Agbarho also lamented the pain they had been going through as a result of the pitch darkness in the area. Sadly a man who identified himself as Fred said he just paid his electricity bills few days ago before the whole area plunged into darkness. ‘It has not been easy buying fuel since the blackout. Cold rooms are the worst hit because many of them are already out of business. “, Fred said. Meantime, Vanguard gathered that a High tension cable snapped at Otowvwodo market area in Ughelli, headquarters of Ughelli North local government area, a development that also plunged several parts of the local government in total darkness.
Nigerians groan as Meter Asset Provider
fails under new Power Minister
The plan to meter over five million electricity customers in Nigeria who are allegedly being charged dubious estimated bills by the power distribution companies (DisCos) may be careening towards disaster under the new minister of power Engr. Sale Mamman, experts revealed. The spiral downward in the hitherto noble plan birth by Babatunde Fashola when he was in charge of the power ministry turned awry may not be unconnected to 35 per cent hike in import levy on electricity meters and poor financial ability of meter asset providers to finance the purchase of new meters. Recall that the Federal Government through the then Minister of Power, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, had in 2018 through the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) introduced the Meter Asset Providers regulation to new investors to finance mass metering plan which is expected to reduce incidences of estimated billing to the barest minimum in the country. However, five months after the 108 meter asset providers began operation nationwide; the firms are yet to record meaningful progress as envisaged by enthusiastic Nigerians thereby questioning the effectiveness of the new Minister of Power, Sale Mamman. With the snail pace of the programme, Nigerians who had believed they had won the battle against estimated billings were drawn aback as solving challenges relating to metering has resurfaced with the change of baton in the Power ministry.
Improved power supply: KEDCO lauds FG, pledges support to TCN
The Kano Electricity Distribution Company Plc, KEDCO, has commended the effort of the Federal Government and Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to build a code line from Kaduna to Kano as another source of supply to channel power to Kano from Kaduna, Sokoto and Calabar with a view to improving the quality of power in Kano State. The MD/CEO of KEDCO, Dr Jamil Isyaku Gwamna commended the effort of the FG while pledging KEDCO’s unrelenting support to boost power supply Kano state and beyond. As part of this effort by the Federal Government, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) will install another 330KVA transformer at Rimin Zakara in Kano State to be connected to the Kumbotso sub-station and install another 330KVA at Jogana substation in Gezawa LGA of the state. Gwamna said: “The effort of the FG and TCN towards improved power supply evidences the fact that the government is doing a lot to ensure that Nigerians feel the impact of this administration in terms of power supply and this is overall commendable. It shows that the government is aware of the need to use power especially in Kano to resuscitate the manufacturing sector and we are always in whatever deal that will bring about improvement in the power supply to boost our capacity to distribute more to our numerous customers.
Man bags 7-year jail term for vandalizing EEDC facilities
A man identified as Uchechukwu Maduakor, a native of Ogwu Amanasa village, Umuchu, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State, has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment. He was jailed without option of fine by Hon. Justice Ibrahim B. Gafai of Federal High Court 1 Awka, Anambra State for vandalizing electricity installation belonging to the Enugu Electricity Distribution PLC (EEDC). Maduakor was charged with unlawfully damaging wires used for converting electricity by cutting off high tension cables at Umuchu Anambra State, an offense contrary to the provisions of the Miscellaneous Offenses Act, Cap M17, Vol. 9 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. This was confirmed on Monday to DAILY POST by the Head of Communications, EEDC, Mr. Emeka Ezeh. According to Ezeh, Maduakor was arraigned in court on 26th September 2017, where he pleaded not guilty to the charge, before the trial commenced, leading to his conviction. While hailing the judgement, Ezeh identified vandalism as a major challenge negatively impacting on the EEDC operations. “This takes various forms, which include: draining of transformer oil, removal of the feeder pillar unit, intermediate or up-riser cables, transformer winding coil or total removal of the transformer, removal of spans of aluminum conductors and other line fittings such as Port Insulators and Cross-Arms.
NERC directs DisCos, MAPs to fast-track meter provision
Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has directed Distribution Companies
(DISCOs) and Meter Assets Providers (MAPs) to intensify effort in supplying
meters to electricity consumers within their operational areas. News Agency of
Nigeria (NAN) reports that Dr Moses Arigu, the Commissioner, Consumer Affairs,
NERC, made this known at a Discos and Customers Care Forum, on Monday in Ikeja.
Arigu said that the goal of NERC was to ensure that all electricity consumers
in the country were metered to curb arbitrary estimated billings by the Discos,
and also increase the revenue of the electricity value chain. He also
reiterated that electricity customers across the country could either pay fully
for their meters or pay in instalments for a period of 10 years. “It is the
Discos that introduced MAPs to the regulatory authority; hence the
effectiveness of the MAPs remains their responsibility. “A customer does not
have a contract with the MAPs, it is the responsibility of the Disco to ensure
that all customers are metered. “Payment for the meter is either through
upfront payment or instalment payment of up to 10 years,” he said, stressing
that it depended on the option chosen by the customer.
Electricity: Nigerians demand withdrawal of power companies’ licenses
Despite huge funds pumped into Nigeria’s electricity sector over the years, the country is still grappling with an epileptic power supply which is taking tolls on the economy. In 2018, the World Economic Forum ranked Nigeria as the second worst nation in power supply in the world. As the federal government continues to look for ways to solve the country’s electricity problem, Legit.ng asks Nigerians in an online poll on Facebook and Twitter their thoughts on the licenses of electricity distribution companies that are not performing well. Nigeria has 11 distribution companies. The distribution companies have their allocated areas where they are supposed to distribute electricity to. However, some of the distribution companies have been accused of underperforming and poor remittance. In the poll posted on Facebook, 94% of over 1,000 respondents want the federal government to take away the licenses of the distribution companies not performing well. Also on Twitter, 80% of the respondents are of the opinion that underperforming distribution companies should have their licenses withdrawn.
October 20, 2019
Disco introduces inter-connected minigrid to boost power supply
The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company has introduced an interconnected minigrid project that will guarantee 24-hour power supply to electricity users. An interconnected minigrid is a power system that receives electricity from both the national grid and an off-grid source for onward power supply to users. The Managing Director, AEDC, Ernest Mupwaya, on behalf of the Disco, signed a tripartite agreement with the Wuse Market Association and Green Village Electricity company for the supply of uninterrupted power to over 2,000 customers of the market. Mupwaya explained that the initiative would support the delivery of energy to power users by augmenting grid supply, as well as reduce AEDC’s losses in clustered underserved areas such as plazas, markets, estates, etc. He said the interconnected minigrid project would augment grid electricity through power supplied from solar energy backed with high quality batteries from Tesla.
Abuja’s gradual descent into darkness
Once upon a time, Abuja used to be a beauty to behold at night with its numerous streetlights brightening up the city. However, that is not the case these days. Most of the streetlights are no longer functional. In many areas of the city, it’s no longer a surprise to meet darkness on the streets. For example, if you are entering Abuja at night from the airport, the whole of Umaru Musa Yar’Adua road, otherwise known as airport road, is mostly lit by headlamps of moving vehicles. Apart from this road, no part of the city has been spared. From Jabi to Asokoro; Gwarimpa to Apo; Maitama, Wuse and Garki, you’ll find malfunctioning streetlights. The deplorable state of these streetlights is of great detriment to the inhabitants as there has been an upsurge in crimes in Abuja due to this.
Don’t pay cash for prepaid metres, BEDC tells customers
The management of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) has warned its customers against making cash payments during the ongoing Metre Asset Provider (MAP) scheme.
The Executive Director, Commercial, Mr. Abu Ejoor, speaking at the launch of the Ondo State MAP scheme in Akure, said none of the customers across the four states of coverage of the electricity company should pay cash to anybody. “Once a customer’s premises is cleared, such customer would be advised on how to pay for the meter, whether single-phase or three-phase, the price of which is N38, 350 and N70, 350 respectively,” he said. He listed requirements for the installation to include passport photograph, a utility bill for postpaid customers and vending slip for prepaid customers, telephone numbers and email addresses. He disclosed that about 114, 740 meters would be rolled out within the next two years in Ondo State, with a monthly average of 5,000 meters at peak level, after the initial take-off and build-up period.
SPECIAL REPORT: Despite huge investment in power, Nigeria suffered 206 grid collapses in 9 years
Nigerians woke up on Wednesday, May 8, to a nationwide power outage that cut off power from many homes and factories leading to reduced load allocations to the distribution companies (DisCos). At about 5:29 am the following day (Thursday, May 9, 2019), the grid collapsed again, compounding the nation’s energy challenge. Checks revealed that the country’s power grid had collapsed no fewer than nine times in 2019. In January alone, the country’s power grid collapsed twice while at least two major collapses were recorded in April. Investigation shows that the nine power grid collapses witnessed this year were among at least 206 of such incidents that have been recorded since 2010. Scores of the ‘Total Grid System Collapse’ have occurred after the entire electricity grid goes off for several hours. There were also cases of ‘Partial Grid System’ Collapse’ when a section of the country was thrown into darkness for hours due to major transmission line trips.
October 19, 2019
TCN to spend $1.65bn on new power project
The Transmission Company of Nigeria TCN is to spend well over $1.65 Billion on a new Power projects that cuts across Nigerian States and some West African countries. The New project which is aimed at boosting energy supplies across the Nigeria States would be undertaken from Calabar to Sokoto to Kaduna to Kano, while another would be taken from Mambilla leading up to Burkina Faso. In the same vein, the (TCN) has revealed that it will install another 330KVA transformer at Rimin Zakara in Kano State. The Managing Director, TCN, Usman Gur Muhammad, in a press briefing in Kano on Friday, disclosed that the project would gulp the sum of N3 billion. According to him, the TCN would connect the Rimin Zakara transformer from the Kumbotso Substation, adding that the project was the government’s resolve to boost power supply in the commercial nerve center of northern Nigeria. Muhammad explained that the essence of his coming to Kano was to conduct study to identify those under the right of way and who would directly be affected by the project in order to pay them compensation.
October 18, 2019
AEDC, GVE, Wuse Market Association Agreement Signing
Today,18th October, 2019, the Rural Electrification Agency witnessed the signing ceremony of tripartite agreement between Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), Green Village Electricity (GVE) and Wuse Market Association for the development of 1MW interconnected minigrid at Wuse market, Abuja aimed at providing clean, safe reliable & affordable electricity to SMEs under the Energizing Economies Initiative. Abuja Electricity Distribution Company in partnership with the Rural Electrification Agency conducted energy audit of Wuse Market, Abuja.
The interconnected minigrid will be deployed through 3 independent hybrid PV solar systems of 450kWp, 350kWp & 200kWp to serve 3 distinct segments of the market
EKEDC Denies Links With Man Arraigned For Impersonation
The Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) has denied having any link with a man who was alleged to be an EKEDC staff, tampering on properties of the Ikeja Electric (IE). Our Energy Correspondent, National reports that the company’s General Manager, Corporate Communications, Mr. Godwin Idemudia said this in a statement on Friday, October 18 in Lagos. Idemudia noted that the EKEDC had nothing to do with the alleged criminal that was arraigned on a 2-count charge at the Ejigbo Magistrate Court 1 on Oct.16 for impersonation as staff of EKEDC.
”He is a scammer and the ID card he is posing with as his link with the company is not just fake but unfounded. The EKEDC does not make its ID cards like that and we are using this medium to call on security agencies to conduct more wholesome and deeper investigations on the issue. We will also appreciate greatly if we can be called upon to ascertain our knowledge of situations that may be demeaning to our name and reputation in the future.
October 17, 2019
Niger Assembly summons AEDC over power supply
The Niger State House of Assembly on Thursday passed a resolution summoning the business manager of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) to appear before it on Oct. 23 over the worsening power supply in the state. The House unanimously passed the resolution following a motion moved under matters of urgent public importance by Malik Madaki, member representing Bosso constituency. Madaki said AEDC had breached the agreement it entered into with the state government in respect of 12 hours of electricity supply in Niger. “This House should invite the business manager of AEDC to explain the breach of the agreement reached between it and the Niger government in respect of 12 hours of electricity supply in the state.
“Most areas in the state hardly enjoy 3 hours continuous electricity in a day despite the contributions of the state government to ensure steady power supply. “In my area, for instance, we have not had electricity for about six days now and there is no explanation whatsoever for that.”
Global Commission to end energy poverty appoints AEDC’s official as commissioner
Abuja Electricity Distribution Company,AEDC’s Chief Financial Officer – Ije Ikoku Okeke has been appointed by the Global Commission for the eradication of energy poverty under the management of the world-renowned US based Rockefeller Foundation as one of its commissioners. AEDC said on Tuesday in a statement in Abuja that the development is in a renewed drive by the global body to end what it describes as one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century: the lack of access to electricity for almost a billion people across the world, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. The Commission is co-chaired by Ernest Moniz, Professor of Physics & Engineering Systems Emeritus MIT, and former U.S. Secretary of Energy; President of the Rockefeller Foundation and former USAID Administrator. Rajiv Shah; and Africa Development Bank President Akinwunmi Adesina.
Beware of job scammers, we are not recruiting – Kedco
The Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) has warned Nigerians that to beware of scammers as it is not recruiting. In a statement by the Head of Corporate Communications, Ibrahim Sani Shawai, the company warned the general public against such fraudsters. “We wish to categorically state that such persons are doing the act at their own peril and KEDCO which is a law abiding organization will go all out to ensure that such persons are brought to face the wrath of the law. “Recruitment exercises in KEDCO as it has been the case has not and will never be shrouded in secrecy. As a major power distributing company in the country, we must advertise our recruitment exercise in well known available media and not this mushroom propaganda that these fraudsters are looking to deceive the good people of Nigeria.
October 16, 2019
KEDCO workers protest non-payment of salaries, pension remittance
Workers of the Kaduna Electric Distribution Company, on Tuesday, down tools over the non-payment of their salaries and the non-remittance of their two-year pension deductions to their respective Pension Fund Administrators. The workers, led by officials of the National Union of Electricity Employees, shut down the company by using vehicles to barricade the main entrance to the corporate head office along Bank Road, Kaduna. They carried placards with various inscriptions such as ‘Pay our two years’ pension to the PFAs’, ‘Pay us our salaries in full’, and ‘We say no to modern-day slavery’.
The workers chanted solidarity songs, while the management engaged the union officials in a meeting to resolve the crisis. A worker, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told our correspondent, who visited the company while the protest lasted, that the management of the electricity distribution firm could only pay them 40 per cent of the September salary, adding that it could not say when the balance would be paid.
SOPADEC’s good news for Imo communities
While some countries celebrate years of uninterrupted power supply, many oil bearing communities of Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta Local Government Areas of Imo state lament years of living in darkness. Such communities as Asa, Awara, Mgbirichi, Ohuba, Obosima and Obiti, in Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area have been off the national grid for about 10 years just as they lacked other social amenities. It was such reason that prompted the administration of Governor Emeka Ihedioha to probe the alleged mismanagement of the funds of the Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (ISOPADEC) by the immediate past administration of Senator Rochas Okorocha. Deputy Governor Gerald Irona had while receiving a delegation of stakeholders from Ohaji under the auspices of Ogbako Ohaji, led by Chief Goddy Obodo said that the sum of over N420million was released on the orders of the former Governor for the purchase of vehicles few weeks before the end the last administration.
572,392 consumers to receive meters in four states
No less that 572,392 consumers will receive meters within the next two years across BEDC Electricity Plc. (BEDC) franchise areas covering Edo, Delta, Ondo and Ekiti state under the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) scheme.The breakdown according to BEDC, is as follows: Edo, 190,000 meters, Delta; 200,200 meters, Ekiti; 67,452 meters and Ondo; 114740 meters respectively. Executive Director, Commercial, Abu Ejoor made this known during while unveiling the MAP scheme held across the coverage areas in Benin, Asaba, Ado-Ekiti and Akure, stressing that in taking off, MAP will initially have up to three months of build-up roll out, which will eventually pick up with expected increase in monthly rate, across its franchise areas. Ejoor disclosed that in Edo state, BEDC was taking off in two major locations; GRA to Ihama in Benin City and Okpela in Auchi North, adding that customers should cooperate with enumerators going around various locations in Edo and respond promptly to request for completion of enumeration forms.
October 15, 2019
Inside Ogun community where children born six years ago haven’t seen electricity
Nigerian government, between 1999 and 2010, reportedly spent over N4.7 trillion on power, but the country is still in darkness. Eight years later, Jonathan and Buhari administrations invested another N1.164 trillion into through capital releases, yet homes and factories in Nigeria are yet to be provided with constant electricity supply. In this report, Olugbenga ADANIKIN reports about the investments and wastage in the sector. Beatrice Ogbor, a six-year-old basic one girl with her two-year-old sibling, was born into darkness and has never shared in the joy of the popular exclamation “Up NEPA” that follows power restoration in Nigeria. “We gave birth to her here in 2014,” her father, John Ogbor (45) says. “You will be surprised; they have never seen electricity since birth”. Ogbor is originally from Igede in Obi local government area of Benue state. For the past 14 years, he has been living in Moro, a community along Shagamu-Ikorodu expressway in Ogun state, after he left his original birthplace. But for almost seven years, his adopted community has been without electricity. “We tried the little we can. As individual landlords, we contributed N40,000 to try make this electricity of a thing a reality. They said we should pay the money to process this and that to give us transformer, and we paid to Itesiwaju Area Community Council but at the end, nothing positive came out of it.”
Power Disco Uncovers 240,000 Illicit Consumers in Network
The Abuja electricity distribution company (Disco) which distributes electricity to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Kogi, Nasarawa and parts of Niger states has reported that up to 240,000 people are illegally connected to its network, and consuming electricity unlawfully. The Disco also disclosed that in nine of the 32 areas of its network, where it has achieved over 80 per cent metering penetration, it found that it loses up to 20 per cent of its revenue from supplies made to the areas, indicating a prevalence of dishonest practices despite the availability of meter. In a draft of its Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) which was submitted to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), a copy of which was obtained by THISDAY, the Disco stated that it currently has 440,976 prepaid meters in its network. But, it pointed out that 50 per cent of consumers who owned prepaid meters do not vend or procure units regularly.
Ikeja Electric deepens bilateral power deals, investments
Ikeja Electric (IE) at the weekend deepened the bilateral power supply deals and investments in its franchise areas as it inked a 20 hours daily supply contract with firms and residents in Government Reserve Area (GRA), Ikeja. Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the power utility company, Dr. Anthony Youdeowei, who led the company’s delegation at the signing ceremony held at the IE’s corporate headquarters in Lagos, maintained that his company would through the deal deliver “a minimum of 20 hours supply daily” to Ikeja GRA. This new deal, he said came as a result of the success recorded through a similar deal signed between Ikeja Electric and Residents of Magodo, another high-brow community under its franchise.
October 14, 2019
AEDC warns against illegal connection
The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) on Monday warned its customers against engaging in illegal electricity connection in their own interest. The Managing Director of the company, Mr Ernest Mupwaya, gave the warning in a statement signed by its Manager, Corporate Communications, Mr Oyebode Fadibe. He said that the company would soon embark on a massive clean-up exercise, which would lead to temporary disconnection of some customers. The AEDC managing director said that many electricity connections in the state did not follow standard engineering practice. “It will be unsafe to leave them like that,” he said. Mupwaya said there were plans to migrate customers to 33kv and 11kv networks that would soon become available. The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), according to him, will soon complete a 330/132/33kv transmission facility in Lafia.
Abuja DisCo to engage NERC over licence cancellation
Investors in the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) said they will continue to engage with the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) after the regulator notified them of intent to cancel their licences over energy payment default. Abuja DisCo was among the eight DisCos whom NERC gave 60 days since last week to prove why their licences should not be canceled for not paying N30 billon energy debt. Daily trust however reports that the 11 DisCos are in cash crunch. They had requested NERC to implement over six tariff reviews which was yet to be done. The Managing Director of CEC Africa, the core investor in AEDC, Engr. Emmanuel Katepa, confirmed the receipt of the NERC notice but expressed shock as the DisCo was already mediating with the Commission. He said, “Yes, we did receive a letter from NERC earlier in the week, it is just a bit of a surprise because we are right now in the process of negotiating the few of the issues in the order that was given so we will continue that negotiation.
Group supports NERC’s move to sanction 8 DisCos
The group also called on NERC to urgently look into activities of Meter Asset Providers (MAPs) following complaints by customers that they had not been issued pre-paid meters after paying for them. A Lagos-based consumer group, Energy Consumer Rights and Responsibilities Initiative on Monday said it was in support of a move by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to cancel the licences of eight electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) for alleged breach of rules. The group also called on NERC to urgently look into activities of Meter Asset Providers (MAPs) following complaints by customers that they had not been issued pre-paid meters after paying for them. Mr Sural Fadairo, the President of the consumer rights group, spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. Recall that NERC, in a notice, had given eight DisCos 60 days to show cause in writing why their licences should not be cancelled in accordance with section 74 of Electric Power Sector Reform Act (EPSRA).
We ‘ve no links with former VP Namadi Sambo – Kaduna Electric
Management of Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company has denied the rumour going round that the former vice president Mohammed Namadi Sambo is a shareholder in the company.
This was made known in a statement by the company’s head, corporate communication, Abdulazeez Abdullahi, in Kaduna on Sunday. The statement said: “For the record, the former Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo is not a shareholder in the company neither is anyone holding shares for him by proxy. “This clarification has become necessary in the light of a recent report by an online news medium which made a baseless and unfounded allegation linking the former vice president to Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company. “We wish to state that the bidding for Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company was won through an open, competitive process by North West Power which comprises reputable business entities whose ownership is public knowledge and can be verified from the Corporate Affairs Commission and other relevant government entities.
NNPC/CHEVRON JV Signs Agreement To Boost Power Generation
Chevron Nigeria Ltd (CNL) has signed a Gas Sale and Aggregation Agreement (GSAA) with Olorunsogo Generation Company Ltd, Niger Delta Power Holding Company Ltd (NDPHC) and Gas Aggregation Company Nigeria Ltd (GACN) to boost power generation in the country. The agreement was a midwife in Chevron’s capacity as Sellers’ Representative for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and itself. Chevron’s General Manager, Policy Government & Public Affairs, Esimaje Brikinn, disclosed the development in a statement electronically made available to journalists on Sunday. He said the agreement was executed on behalf of the four companies by Sanjay Narasimhalu, Director, Downstream Gas, CNL; Chiedu Ugbo, MD, NDPHC; Ifeoluwa Oyedele, Executive Director, NDPHC, for Olorunsogo Generation Company Ltd; and Engr Morgan Okwoche, MD/CEO, GACN, respectively. According to him, CNL will supply, on an interruptible (reasonable endeavours) basis, a daily contract quantity of 0-63,000MMbtu/d of natural gas to Olorunsogo Generation Company Ltd.
Enough of tax burdens on Nigerians
Since the evolution of government, tax imposition on people has always been a vexatious issue, and revolt against taxes considered unjust had played significant roles in the collapse of empires like the Egyptian, Roman, Spanish and Aztec. Similarly, the Magna Carta, the American and the French Revolutions are few examples of historic events that either originated as a tax revolt or had it as a component. Historically, there have been about 361 tax revolts between pre-1500 AD and the present 21st Century with the 20th Century witnessing the largest number (135), while the 21st Century which is yet to come to a close has already recorded 85 revolts. Work on VAT implementation, not increase,Ex-ANAN president urges FG In Nigeria, as early as 1929, the famous Aba Women Riot was triggered by the imposition of tax on women by the British colonial authorities acting in consonance with warrant chiefs. In 1947, the Abeokuta Women Revolt also known as the Egba Women Tax Riot, was also waged against the Nigerian colonial government for imposing unfair taxes on women. READ MORE
MAP to deliver 100,000 meters to Ekiti, Nigeria
BEDC Electricity (BEDC) has announced the rollout of over 100,000 customer meters over the next two years in Ekiti State, Nigeria. BEDC will be aiming for a monthly average of 4,000 units. The allocation forms part of the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) scheme. Executive Director, Commercial , BEDC, Abu Ejoor disclosed this at a media launch of MAP in Ekiti State held at BON Hotel, Ado-Ekiti. Ejoor told journalists that in Ekiti, metering would be initiated in Ado-Ekiti and Ido-Ekiti and will eventually move into other locations, adding that the rollout of meters will be handled by FLT Energy and Sabrud Consortium, both designated parties. “MAPs will carry our meter roll out location by location, route by route and street by street while enumeration is a pre-requisite for meters to be provided under MAP” he said, adding that “some of the locations flagged for take-off include: Fajuy Park Area, Similoluwa Area, Similoluwa Area / Teaching Hospital, Ajowa Street, Oriapata, Opposite School of Nursing, Adebayo Area, Adehun Quarters, Olora Area, Ile-ileri, Adehun Quarters, Peace Avenue and Pathfinder Hotel Road among others.”
AEDC, NERC to negotiate over licence cancellation notice
Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) and Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) are to further negotiation over the recent notice of licence cancellation. Recall, power sector regulator, NERC on Wednesday last week notified eight (8) power distribution Companies (DisCos) on its intent to cancel their licences in 60 days after they accumulated N30.1billion energy invoice debts for July 2019. The companies are Abuja DisCo, Enugu DisCo, Benin DisCo, Ikeja DisCo, Kano DisCo, Kaduna DisCo, P/Harcourt DisCo and Yola DisCo. A noticed by the NERC’s Commissioner for Legal, Licencing and Compliance directed the eight companies to justify why their licences should not be withdrawn in two months. The analysis of the July 2019 Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET) shows that AEDC was supposed to remit 45 per cent of N7.2 billion, but remitted 30 per cent, which was N2.152 billion.
Funding, others may truncate electricity access targets
The Federal Government’s target of expanding access to electricity to 150 million people next year may be truncated, if the problem of inadequate funding is not adressed, the Founder, Change Partners International, Mr Akachukwu Okafor, has said. The goal of providing electricity to about 190 million people across the country by 2030 may also be affected. In a telephone interview with The Nation, he said the 150 million people represent 75 per cent of the country’s 200million population. According to him, funding is key to realising the short- and long-term goals, which the Federal Government has set for the sector. He said other measures include provision of a strong energy market and other infrastructural facilities. He said the sector would grow when all these things were in place.
INVESTIGATION: Jonathan, Buhari spent N1.164 trillion on power in 8 years, yet Nigeria remains in darkness
The Nigerian government, between 1999 and 2010, reportedly spent over N4.7 trillion on power, but the country remained in darkness. Eight years later, Jonathan and Buhari administrations invested another N1.164 trillion into the sinkhole through capital releases, yet homes and factories in Nigeria are yet to be provided with constant electricity supply. Olugbenga ADANIKIN, in this investigation, reports about the investments and wastages in the sector. Beatrice Ogbor, a six-year-old basic one girl with her two-year-old sibling was born into darkness and has never shared in the joy of the popular exclamation “Up NEPA” that follows power restoration in Nigeria. “We gave birth to her here in 2014,” her father, John Ogbor (45) says. “You will be surprised; they have never seen electricity since birth”.
IBEDC gives Ibadan communities conditions for reconnection
The management of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company on Sunday gave conditions some Ibadan communities must meet for electricity to be restored to them. Residents of Laaniba, Ajibode, Apete and environs had alleged that the IBEDC disconnected the area from the grid since September 17 after irreconcilable differences with the company officials. But the Head, Corporate Communication and branding, Angela Olanrewaju, said the IBEDC conducted an energy audit of Ajibode, Laniba, Apete and environs and discovered a lot of illegally acquired meters. She said “Meters were not procured through the IBEDC or meters that have become obsolete and phased out by the IBEDC. Olanrewaju said, “The customers were not vending or when they did, the money was not going into the IBEDC’s coffers, but to the miscreants that procured the meters for these customers.
CBN’s Support to Power Sector to Hit N1.695tn
The financial support provided by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to Nigeria’s power sector is set to hit a total of N1.695 trillion, making it the single largest creditor to the sector, an analysis of a report obtained from the apex bank by THISDAY has disclosed. THISDAY gathered from the CBN annual’s report for 2018, that as at the end of 2018, it had granted total credit of N1.095 trillion to the power sector under the three different schemes it set up. The schemes included the Nigerian Electricity Market Stabilisation Facility (NEMSF), which was made to settle outstanding payment obligations due to market participants during the interim rules of the market as well as legacy debts owed by the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) to gas suppliers; the Power and Airline Intervention Fund (PAIF); and the Payment Assurance Facility (PAF) extended to the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET) to settle invoices of generation companies (Gencos) to a minimum level of 80 per cent.
BEDC to give Ondo consumers 114,740 pre-paid meters
The Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) has disclosed plans to roll out 114,740 pre-paid meters within the next two years for its consumers in Ondo State. According to the company’s Executive Director of Commercial, Mr. Abu Ejoor, the programme which was captured under the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) scheme was geared towards curbing illegal and estimated billing. Ejoor, who spoke on behalf of BEDC’s Managing Director, Mrs. Funke Osibodu at weekend in Akure, Ondo state capital during a media launch of the state’s MAP by the company stated that the plan would ensure steady boost of metering across franchise areas within the stipulated period. He said: “Metering customers will encourage the development of independent and competitive meter service in Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry (NESI), eliminate estimated billing by NASI, attract private investment in the provision of metering service and close metering gap among others.
KEDCO honours over 100 staff
The Kano Electricity Distribution Company Plc, KEDCO has rewarded over 100 staff for exceptional performance. The company disclosed this in a statement by its Head, Corporate Communication, Ibrahim Sani Shawai. “In line with our quest to appreciate our staff as well as confirm to them that their inputs are well valued, the management has initiated a reward and recognition award, which is to be given on quarterly basis,” he noted. He added that the first phase of the award ceremony was held at different regions (Kano East, Kano west, Kano Central and Kano Industrial) and saw deserving staff recognized based on performance and dedication.
Chevron, others sign gas sale agreement
Chevron Nigeria Limited has signed a gas sale and aggregation agreement with Olorunsogo Generation Company Limited, Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited and Gas Aggregation Company Nigeria Limited. The firm said the agreement would enable it to supply on an interruptible basis, a daily contract quantity of 0-63,000MMbtu/d of natural gas to Olorunsogo Generation Company Limited. In a statement signed by the General Manager, Policy Government and Public Affairs, Chevron Nigeria Limited, Esimaje Brikinn, the firm said the Olorunsogo generation plant in Ogun State is an existing NDPHC electricity generation project designed to supply power of about 750MW into the national grid. He said it was also designed to support the Federal Government’s drive to develop the power sector and grow the Nigerian economy.
AEDC Splashes Customers With Electricity Token
ABUJA – Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) at the weekend disclosed that it will give out electricity token to some of its customers as part of this year’s global customer’s service week. The company also said it has mandated its directors to man the customer care centres in some of its area offices in Abuja to receive customers’ complaints and resolve them during the celebration. Oyebode Fadipe, AEDC’s General Manager, Corporate Communications, who made this known in a statement on Friday, said the issuance of free token to electricity customers and the deployment of its management staff to man the customer care centres in some of its offices within Abuja is a symbolic gesture aimed at showing appreciation to the customers for their loyalty to the AEDC brand and the importance the management attaches to the customers.
October 13, 2019
A Regulatory Wake-up Call
Eight power distribution companies have been given 60 days by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission to show reasons why their operational licenses should not be withdrawn for reportedly breaking the industry’s law and conditions for which they were recently granted new tariffs. This according to experts have far-reaching impacts on the country’s struggling power market. Chineme Okafor writes The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) recently disclosed its intention to cancel the licences it issued to eight electricity distribution companies (Discos), for allegedly breaching certain terms in the country’s power reform law. They comprise the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company Plc (AEDC); Benin Electricity Distribution Company Plc (BEDC); Enugu Electricity Distribution Company Plc (EEDC); Ikeja Electric Plc (IE); Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company Plc (KAEDCO); Kano Electricity Distribution Company Plc (KEDCO); Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company Plc (PHEDC) and Yola Electricity Distribution Company Plc (YEDC).
Gencos forced to sign weak agreements – Ogaji
In this interview with OKECHUKWU NNODIM, the Executive Secretary, Association of Power Generation Companies, Joy Ogaji, says Gencos are currently facing difficult financial situation, having been forced into signing a number of obnoxious agreements What is the function of the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading company in relation to the Gencos? Critical to the reform in the power sector and with the increasing need to drive private sector investment in the sector, the Federal Government established the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company as a public liability company. The NBET, the Gencos were informed, is a credit worthy off-taker created to incentivise private investment in power and act as the buffer to the power generating companies (Gencos). With this renewed confidence for investors and the promise to provide incentives, and the needed comfort by bearing the off-take market and default risks such as liquidity/payment risks, the Gencos with a strong patriotic zeal invested in the power sector.
AEDC requires N25.09b to reduce technical losses in five years
The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) needs N25.09billion to reduce its technical losses in five years. The power firm disclosed this in its Performance Implementation Plan (PIP) that The Nation sighted at the weekend in Abuja. It was prepared for the approval of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). According to the plan covering 2020 to 2025, the N25.09 bn network investment is required to reduce technical loss from 11.72 per cent to 6.08 per cent. The company noted that “AEDC will require a total of N25.09bn. in network investment to reduce technical loss from 11.72% to 6.08% at the end of year five (5) of the PIP horizon.” The company added that beyond technical loss reduction, the PIP projects will address overall network improvement on quality and reliability of power supply. The AEDC also explained that implementation of these projects over the period as planned will contribute to improvement in commercial performance of the utility.
BEDC to distribute 572,392 meters under MAP scheme
The Benin Electricity Distribution Company Plc has said it will distribute 572,392 meters within the next two years under the Meter Asset Provider scheme. It said it would roll out the meters across its franchise areas, namely Edo, Delta, Ondo and Ekiti states. The company said Edo would get 190,000 meters; Delta, 200,200; Ekiti; 67,452; and Ondo, 114740 meters. According to a statement, the firm’s Executive Director, Commercial, Mr Abu Ejoor, said this during the launch of the MAP scheme held across the coverage areas in Benin, Asaba, Ado-Ekiti and Akure.
He pleaded with the customers to cooperate with enumerators going round the various locations in the states and respond promptly to request for completion of enumeration forms. Ejoor said in Edo State, the BEDC would take off in two locations: from the Government Reserved Area to Ihama in Benin City and at Okpela in Auchi North. He said 44 per cent of BEDC’s power allocation of nine per cent from the national grid went to Edo State, adding that an average of 86,061MW of electricity was being delivered to the state monthly.
FG to refund Yola Disco investors N26.9bn
The Federal Government is planning to refund the core investors in Yola Electricity Distribution Company the sum of N26.9bn. The refund is expected to be made in the 2020 fiscal year. The N26.9bn is part of the amount captured under the N10.9tn 2020 budget estimates submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari to the joint session of the National Assembly. The YEDC is one of the 11 electricity distribution companies sold to private sector operators as part of reform of the nation’s power industry that unbundled the defunct monopoly, Power Holding Company of Nigeria. Integrated Energy Distribution and Marketing Company had acquired 60 per cent equity in the YEDC after paying $146.8m. The Yola Disco was successfully privatised and handed over to the core investor in 2013. However, a force majeure was declared in 2015 by the core investor citing insecurity in the North-East region of the country where the company covers.
NERC to cancel 8 DisCos’ licences over N30bn debt
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) recently notified eight power distribution companies (DisCos) on its intent to cancel their licences in 60 days after they accumulated N30.1 billion energy invoice debts for July 2019. The Federal Government had unbundled the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) into 18 firms and sold them to private owners at $2.5billion (about N903.750bn) in 2013. The assets consist of six generation companies (Gencos) and 11 distribution companies (Discos). The records of Schedule of Fees obtained from the NERC suggested that during the privatisation process, each DisCo was required to pay N1m application fee to the NERC and $75,000 (about N27.112m) as licence fee. According to the document, the licence is valid for 10 years .
Activist Calls For Investigation Of Vandalised NIPP Project In Kogi
A Human Right Activist, Chief Haruna Ahmed Osike has called on the Minister of Power, Alhaji Saleh Mamman to investigate the alleged vandalisation of the NIPP project at Usugwe community in Okehi LGA of Kogi State, where aluminium wire and service poles valued over N200 million was carted away by the staff of Okene area office of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC). Osike who made the call on Sunday at a press conference in Lokoja alleged that the Area Manager of AEDC Okene area office in Kogi state, Mr John Suleiman in conniver with Mr Iyabagi Danladi, a senior distribution manager at the same office vandalized over 2,000 meters of 150mm Aluminum conductor and over 25 high tension concrete poles at Usugwe community belonging to the NIPP project of the federal government.
Ondo Electricity Consumers Decry ‘Crazy Billing’
They only give us electricity supply for four hours, yet they want us to start paying N7, 000 monthly. Angry consumers in Ondo State have decried the ‘crazy electricity bills’ issued by the Benin Electricity Distribution Company. The consumers, who are mainly residents of Ijoka, Sijuwade, Oke Aro, Isolo, Oke Ijebu, Ijapo, and Odopetu areas of Akure, lamented the epileptic supply of power and total darkness in their communities. The consumers demanded for pre-paid meters to solve the lingering problem of estimated billing by BEDC officials. Bamidele Ajakaiye, a consumer in Ijoka, lamented the frequent disconnection of residents from electricity, noting that the action was uncalled for. “Few weeks ago, we could not sleep because armed robbers invaded our community, robbing residents of valuables. “A week before the incident, the BEDC cut off our power supply, claiming that we did not pay bills and related charges.
October 12, 2019
Anger as firm cuts electricity supply to seven Ibadan communities
There is palpable rage among residents of seven communities in Oyo State as the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company cut electricity supply to seven communities over what it termed power theft and racketeering. Some of the communities thrown into darkness since September 17 included Ajibode and Laaniba. The Jagun Balogun Ajibode Oke Ona, in the Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State, Chief Moshood Ademola, said the IBEDC treated them unfairly, including some students of the University of Ibadan living in the area. Some owners of business concerns such as hospitality business, fuel stations and hospitals are counting their losses as a result of using generators for their services. Ademola said, “IBEDC is riding roughshod over us. Imagine between July and August, our transformer was faulty and we called their attention to it but they turned down its repair. They said they couldn’t render any help.
BEDC set to roll out 114, 740 prepaid meters in 2 years in Ondo
The Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) says it will roll out a 114,740 pre-paid meters to its customers in Ondo State within the next two years. Mr Abu Ejoor, BEDC Executive Director, Commercial, made the disclosure on Saturday in Akure at the Media Launch of Ondo State Meter Asset Provider (MAP) Scheme. Nigeria News Agency reports that the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) recently introduced MAP to bridge the metering gap in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI). The main objective of MAP regulations by NERC is to encourage the development of independent and competitive meter services,. It is also to eliminate estimated billing, close the metering gap through accelerated meter roll out and enhance revenue assurance in NESI. Ejoor said that a monthly average of about 10, 000 meters would be installed at peak level, after the initial take off and build up period. He said that metering would take off from four locations in Akure North and Akure South Local Government areas of the state.
After Magodo, Ikeja GRA inks deal with Ikeja DisCo for 24-hour electricity supply
Ikeja Electric (IE) has signed a bilateral agreement with residents of Ikeja government reserved area (GRA) to supply them 24-hour electricity. Some of the streets to enjoy this benefit include Isaac John, Esugbayi, Joel Ogunaike, Ogunbiyi and Oba Akinjobi and others. In August, IE had signed a premium power agreement with residents of Magodo Estate in the state. This resulted in a 24-hour supply of electricity in the area with residents commending the power company for the initiative. The premium power initiative is a power purchase agreement under the Willing Buyer, Willing Seller initiative issued by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). It entails a commitment to specific service level standards while the customer agrees to pay a tariff that is above the current multi year tariff order (MYTO) tariff.
October 11, 2019
Living in danger of electromagnetic radiation
Residents of a rustic settlement located in one of the outskirts of Abuja, the federal capital city, are dangerously living under high tension electricity cables. Faced with the dangers posed by the cables, they are willing to relocate, but not without compensation. FRANCA OCHIGBO reports The road leading to Dutse Sokale in Bwari Local Government Area (LGA) is rough and laced with many potholes. It was obvious the bike man, who took ne to Sokale, was familiar with the terrain as he was meadering in and out of potholes with ease. I was the one feeling the pains of the bumpy ride. You can hardly see vehicles moving around, probably because of the bad roads, as only bikes were seen dropping or picking passengers.
Sokale is located after Dutse Alhaji, a slum on the outskirts of the FCT.
I don’t own shares in Kaduna Electricity Company – Former VP, Sambo
Former Vice President, Namadi Sambo, has described as ‘total falsehood and fallacy’ a story linking him to ownership of Kaduna Electric Power Distribution Company of Nigeria (KAEDCO).
In a statement personally signed by Mr Sambo and made available to PREMIUM TIMES by his media aide, Ahmed Maiyaki, he denied any links with the firm. “My attention has been drawn to an online article published by Daily Post on a query issued by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission to the Power Distribution Companies. The story alleged that l own Kaduna Electric Power Distribution Company of Nigeria (KAEDCO) through a proxy. “l wish to state unequivocally that the story is totally untrue, malicious and unfounded. The story is aimed at bringing my reputation to disrepute.
Power: Buhari May Revoke BEDC Operational Licence, Says Fayemi
Following the poor electricity supply to Ekiti State, Governor Kayode Fayemi has said he has reported the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) to President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo. Fayemi said they have promised to revoke the licence of the BEDC if epileptic electricity supply should persist in the state. The governor spoke in Ikere Ekiti on Friday during a town hall meeting with stakeholders to get the people’s input ahead of the 2020 fiscal year. Fayemi said: “Regular supply of electricity is pivotal to economic and industrial development of any society. The president and vice-president have promised to revoke the licence of the company because of epileptic power supply to Ekiti.” Fayemi said he will soon commence the construction and rehabilitation of 1,000 kilometres of rural roads and renovation of all public primary schools in the state in the 2020 fiscal year in addition to the rehabilitation of all the 177 primary health centres across the state.
Customers’ Service Week: EEDC offers free eye screening to 220 customers
The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC), on
Thursday, offered free eye screening to 220 of its customers in the company’s
Enugu and Owerri main offices. Customers’ Service Week: EEDC offers free eye
screening to 220 customers The Head of Communications, EEDC, Mr. Emeka Ezeh,
disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu. Ezeh noted that
the exercise was part of activities lined-up in commemoration of this year’s
Customer Service Week (CSW) that coincided with the World Sight Day. He said
that the gesture was the “company’s little way of giving back to her customers,
using the occasion of the Customer Service Week to appreciate them for their
support and patronage over the years. Dr Tochukwu Ibeje, Director of View of
Hope Specialist Hospital, Owerri, who lead a team of ophthalmologist to EEDC
office in Enugu, told NAN that the most common eye defect the customers had was
October 10, 2019
PHEDC blames epileptic power supply in Akwa Ibom on vandalism
The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC), on Thursday, blamed the epileptic power supply in some parts of the area on infrastructure on vandalism. Mr John Onyi, Manager, Corporate Communication, PHEDC, said this while briefing newsmen in Uyo. According to him, no fewer than 104 electricity transformers have been vandalised within the Uyo metropolis alone, in the last three months. Onyi described the vandalism of electricity infrastructure as a major challenge militating against adequate power supply to the people. He advised electricity consumers in the zone to be vigilant, and report any suspicious movement around electricity transformers to security agencies, for prompt action. “There may be a lot of challenges in the system; people are clamouring for supply 24/7, but the question is: how many megawatts is Nigeria generating on daily basis? “In Uyo, the state capital, we have lost, as at two days ago, 104 transformers to vandalism.
Power: UAE builds energy Plant in Lagos
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has constructed a 300 megawatts (MW) renewable energy plant in Lagos to aid power distribution. Fahad Obaid Al Taffaq, the ambassador of UAE to Nigeria made this announcement during a courtesy visit to the Minister of Power, Sale Mamman in Abuja. The Details: Al Taffaq told the minister that the energy plant was ready for use in Lagos and is expected to support power being supplied through the national grid. He said the plant was constructed by a member of the emirate royal family, Ahmed Al-maktum, adding that the plant has the capacity to expand to about 1,000 MW in a few months.
Ikeja Electric unveils new franchise centres
Ikeja Electric Plc has inaugurated its franchise centres at six locations as part of its strategy to improve service delivery to customers. The locations, Olowora, Ikosi, Arepo, Bariga, Ketu and Ogudu, are within the Shomolu Business Unit of the power distribution company. The Ikeja Electric Franchise project is a business strategy aimed at facilitating improved engagements and customer experience for immediate resolution of complaints, in partnership with the firm’s corporate partners, according to a statement. It said the project would further be extended across the company’s network coverage area, and assist in creating employment opportunities for Nigerians. The Chief Operating Officer, IE, Mrs Folake Soetan, said the newly inaugurated franchises would increase the Ikeja Electric brand visibility and cater for the increasing customer base across the Shomolu Business Unit as well as serve as data-gathering centres for its customers.
Why getting prepaid meters is difficult
Five months after the 108 meter asset providers began operation nationwide, the firms are yet to record meaningful progress. The reasons may not be unconnected with funding, reports AKINOLA AJIBADE The euphoria, which greeted the introduction and implementation of Meter Asset Providers (MAPs) scheme, by the Federal Government, may have waned, five months after the firms, which applied to serve as MAPs, began operation. Prior to this period, Nigerians were glad with the decision of the Federal Government to introduce a new metering plan, which culminated in the application and approval of some meter asset providers by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) early this year. Many had thought that their worries over the non-availability of meters would end, while others believed that they had won the battle against estimated billings. Such was the expectation of consumers, as they hailed the administration of President Muhammad Buhari for helping to solve metering problems.
NERC asks DisCos to disconnect defaulting MDAs
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has asked electricity distribution companies (DisCos) to disconnect government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) who are defaulting in the payment of energy bills. In a notice signed by Dafe Akpeneye, commissioner for legal, licensing and compliance, on Tuesday, the regulator said the responsibility of revenue collection from all customers including MDAs of states and federal governments lies with the DisCos. The commission also asked the power firms to install prepaid meters in all the MDAs within a period of 60 days. “The Order reiterated that the responsibility and initiative for revenue collections from all customers including Ministries, Departments and Agencies (“MDAs”) of States and Federal Government rests with DisCos,” the notice read. “Accordingly, this Order made it mandatory for all DisCos to meter all MDAs with appropriate meters of their choice within 60 days from the effective date of this Order.
October 9, 2019
Seven Discos to Invest N878.9bn on Network Upgrade
Seven out of the 11 electricity distribution companies (Discos) in Nigeria’s power sector are planning to invest about N878.905 billion over the next five years–between 2019 and 2024, to upgrade the working conditions of their distribution networks, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), has disclosed. According to the Performance Improvement Plans (PIPs), the seven Discos – Ikeja, Eko, Kano, Enugu, Kaduna, Benin, and Ibadan, sent to the NERC, most of the expenditures would be channeled to capital expenditure on metering, transformers, and other core distribution assets. The Discos’ PIPs showed that Ibadan will spend N83 billion; Enugu – N118 billion; Benin – N286.71 billion; Ikeja – N105 billion; Kaduna – N117.8 billion, Eko and Kano Discos will spend N78.6 billion and N49.795 billion respectively.
Badagry residents laud Reps. for passing bill criminalising estimated billing
Some residents of Badagry, Lagos State on Wednesday commended the House of Representatives on the passage of a bill criminalising estimated billing of consumers by Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs). In separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Badagry, the residents said that the bill would end of years of arbitrary billing and extortion of electricity consumers by DISCOS, if passed into law. NAN reports that the House of Representatives had on Oct. 3 passed the bill which says issuance of estimated billing will attract either a one-year jail term or a fine of N1 million or both. The proposed law would also compel a distribution company to provide prepaid meter to an applicant within 30 days, while barring the DISCOs from disconnecting the consumer after the 30-day period within which meter should be installed.
PHED Marks 2019 Customer Service Week
The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, (PHED), has joined other world organisations in marking this year’s Customer Service Week with the theme: ‘The Magic of Service’ Customer Service Week is usually celebrated globally in the first week of October, every year. PHED as a customer-centric organisation has lined up series of activities to add pep to the internationally recognised celebration. The Corporate Communications Manager, PHED, John Onyi, said in a statement that PHED offices in Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River and Rivers states were already wearing new looks with a view to showcasing the importance of customer service and of the people who serve and support customers on daily basis as proclaimed by the United States Congress in 1992. Some of the activities, lined up for the event include visitation to some customers at their premises, factories, among others with a view to having direct interface and getting immediate feedback that would lead to service delivery. In addition, the Chief Executive Officer of PHED, Naveen Kapoor, would lead other management staff in dolling out gifts to deserving customers who have contributed to the sustainability of PHED through prompt payment of electricity bill. “We are not leaving any stone unturned as PHED is fully prepared to identify with its customers by feeling their impulse during the customer service week”, the statement said.
Benin Disco to distribute 200,200 meters in Delta
The Benin Electricity Distribution Company has disclosed its plan to distribute 200,200 pre-paid meters to its customers in Delta State. The company said the meters would be rolled out in the next two years under its Meter Asset Provider scheme. A statement on Tuesday quoted the BEDC Executive Director of Commercial, Abu Ejoor, to have made this disclosure in Asaba during the inauguration of the MAP scheme. Ejoor said the immediate beneficiaries of the meter rollout were customers within Asaba, such as NTA Road, Amechi Iyio Way, Anwai Road, Infant Jesus area, Borrow Pit community and Ibuzo town road. He said the MAP scheme would reduce customers’ complaints about metering, wrong and estimated billings, which he hinted accounted for over 60 per cent of complaints. Ejoor said in demonstration of its commitment to its customers, the BDEC had connected 112 communities without supply in its coverage areas to the national grid with 55 of such locations in Delta.
Eight Discos Face NERC Sanction for Breaching Power Reform Act
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) is to cancel licences issued to eight electricity distribution companies (Disco) for alleged breach of the power reform law. NERC, in a notice of its intent to cancel the licences of the Discos, which THISDAY obtained yesterday, said the terms of the licences they breached bordered on their execution of the 2016 to 2018 minor review of the Multi Year Tariff Order (MYTO) and the minimum remittance order for 2019. The regulatory agency listed the affected Discos to include the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company Plc (AEDC); Benin Electricity Distribution Company Plc (BEDC); Enugu Electricity Distribution Company Plc (EEDC); Ikeja Electric Plc (IE); Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company Plc (KAEDCO); Kano Electricity Distribution Company Plc (KEDCO); Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company Plc (PHEDC) and Yola Electricity Distribution Company Plc (YEDC). NERC said it had written to the Discos and was ready to give them up to 60 days to convince it not to revoke their licences. According to NERC, Section 74 of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act (EPSRA) and the terms and conditions of Discos’ licences indicated they breached the law and failed to remit approved minimum amounts of the sector’s revenue to the market.
October 8, 2019
NERC threatens to revoke licences of Ikeja, Abuja, six other DisCos for poor remittance
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has served notice to eight Power Distribution companies (DisCos) of its intention to cancel their licenses for failure to meet their obligated remittance to the market. “The Commission has reasonable cause to believe that the DisCos listed below have breached the provisions of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act, terms and conditions of their respective distribution licences and the 2016 – 2018 Minor Review of the Multi Year Tariff Order (MYTO) and Minor Remittance Order for the year 2019” the regulator said. The affected DisCos include the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company Plc, Benin Electricity Distribution Company Plc, Enugu Electricity Distribution Company Plc and Ikeja Electric Plc. Others are Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company Plc, Kano Electricity Distribution Company Plc, Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company Plc and Yola Electricity Distribution Company Plc. NERC had only two months ago published a minor review of electricity tariff which was meant to address shortfalls caused by lack of non-reflective tariff but provided a minimum remittance threshold DisCos must meet by July 2019.
BEDC to provide 67,452 meters for Ekiti consumers
Benin Electricity Distribution Company(BEDC) had said it would provide 67,452 meters to consumers in Ekiti state. The Managing Director of the company, Mrs Funke Osibodu, who was represented by the Executive Director, Commercial, Dr Abu Ejoor, said this at the launch of the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) scheme in Ado-Ekiti. She said the initiative would enable all consumers to have access to meters, ensure accurate metering as well as achieve mechanism toward safeguarding the rights of electricity consumers in the state The company said metering all consumers would encourage willingness to pay the monthly bills and reduce the burden of huge debt being owed by consumers through estimated billings . She urged the Federal Government to implement relevant laws to stop cases of vandalism, advising that mobile courts could be set up to try offenders. Osibodu said the mapping and enumeration initiatives were in line with the directive of the National Electricity Regulation Commission (NERC) to encourage development of independent and competitive meter services. According to her, it would also eliminate cases of estimated billings, attract private investments , close the metering gap and also ensure revenue assurance in the electricity supply industry.
DisCos assures South-east consumers of steady power supply
The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) has assured its customers in the South-east of steady power supply. The Chief Operating Officer of EEDC, Mr Maruthi Kumar gave the assurance while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu. According to him, the company has resolved to continue to invest in vital distribution infrastructure. Kumar spoke on the sideline of the global Customer Service Week (CSW) which began on Saturday. He stated that EEDC’s huge investment in the distribution network had increased power supply in Owerrinta and Oguta axis of Imo to about 23.5 hours. “This means that the people of that axis of Imo had stopped buying fuel and running their generators for over a month now. “Likewise in Enugu, we are now supplying about 18 hours of power and more in axis where we have newly installed sub-station transformers. “In Awka, it is also more than 18 hours supply after we repaired one and installed a brand new sub-station transformers in the area,’’ he said. According to him, EEDC is a customer-friendly and customer-driven company with a vision to ensuring customer satisfaction and continuous improvement in supply through more investment on the distribution infrastructure.
IBEDC Flags Off Customer Service Week
Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) has fagged off its 2019 Customer service week. The week-long program is designed to appreciate its Customers across the seven states of Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Kwara, parts of Kogi, Niger and Ekiti for their partnership all through the year. This year’s customer service week coincides with the introduction of the Customer Relationship management initiative (CRM). The CRM rooted through the Customer care line across the franchise will give the customers better and faster access to getting their complaints resolved. With the CRM, all customers’ details are well synergized and digitised for easy call up and follow of issues, even with the not so learned Customers, the CRM allows for input of complaints by customer Relations officers. The CRM also gives power to the Customers to know and be able to cheek for updates and progress of their complaints as they would be issued Ticket Identity Cards and get notifications of work done. As part of appreciation of its Customers, IBEDC has also come up with the debt settlement plan which encourages negotiations, discounts and a better spread of huge outstanding.
NLC pickets BoA, AEDC over salaries, blackout in Niger
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) on Tuesday picketed the headquarters of the Bank of Agriculture (BoA) in Niger state over alleged non-payment of salaries of civil servants in the bank. The two Unions also blocked the entrance of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) office over poor services to the people of the state. The state chairman of NLC, Comrade Yakubu Garba and his TUC counterpart, Comrade Tenimu Yunisa led their members to picket the two offices during the occasion of the World Day for Decent Work celebration. Daily Trust reports that members of the Unions blocked the entrance to the two offices as early as 7:00am, preventing staffs from accessing the premises. Speaking with newsmen at the gate of BoA, Comrade Garba expressed dismay over the delay in payment of salaries of civil servants who maintain account with the bank. According to him, the affected staffs could not access their salaries since March, “despite the fact that the state government had sent the salaries for onward payment to civil servants”. He said the unions are giving the management of the bank 24 hours within which to remedy the situation failure which members would occupy the facility.
KEDCO Establishes 9 New Units, Inaugurates Head Office Annex
As parts of efforts towards its expansion programme, the Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) has commissioned its head office annex building located along Nasarawa Hospital road Kano State. The building will accommodate 11 units altogether. 7 new units and 4 already existing units. The 4 existing units relocated from main Head office to the Annex are: Accrual Income, Service Quality Assurance, High Revenue Base (HRB), and High Consumer Base (HCB) While the 7 new units that would be accommodated at the Annex are: Customer Satisfaction Index, Demand Side Management, Base Transmission Station, HCB Arrears Recovery, Business Development, Special Consumer Group and Connection Management Group. This development is in line with the company’s desire to prepare for more expansion in the future and the capacity to promptly respond to the demands of customers both in service delivery and complaints resolution. While inaugurating the annex building , the MD/CEO Dr Jamilu Isyaku Gwamna says that KEDCO is poised to improving service delivery package as well as creating an environment conducive for staff to work to deliver on KEDCO’s mandate of prioritising customers’ needs and demands.
Stakeholders seek prosecution of failed electricity contractors
Over N11 trillion was spent on electricity projects between 2005 and 2016 by the Federal Government, according to a report by Centre for Health Equity and Justice (CEHEJ). Yet, Nigerians are still wallowing in darkness. The report recommends that the country should focus on contractors who took contracts and failed to execute them, with a view to prosecuting and blacklisting them. ADEBISI ONANUGA reports Stakeholders in the electricity sector have gathered in Lagos to review activities of contractors who took jobs but failed to execute them, thereby throwing Nigerians in darkness. To them such contractors should be held accountable and punished under the law, contractual agreements, and document for putting the country in darkness. The occasion was the public presentation of a report titled: “Kept In Darkness – Holding Non-Performing Electricity Contractors Accountable”, at Ibis Hotel, Ikeja.
Gombe: TCN to resume work at Billiri sub-station
The Transmission Company of Nigeria yesterday visited abandoned Billiri power sub-station project in Gombe State,for an assessment for resumption of work at the sub-station. The head of the TCN delegation, Ebenezer Fadola, said his team was in Billiri as a follow0up to the visit of Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya to the TCN headquarters where he made a case for the resumption of work at the sub-station. Fadola said the team had concluded all findings concerning the project and its report was ready for onward submission to the Managing Director of the TCN. He said when completed, the power sub-station would serve the four local government areas in Gombe South Senatorial District and Akko LGA of the state “thereby boosting electricity supply in the state. Governor Yahaya had last week promised to scales up action to address power supply challenges in the state.
Poor Deal for Nigeria’s Power Consumers
Chineme Okafor, writes that the disputes between operators in Nigeria’s electricity market have never really been all about making sure majority of power consumers in the country are satisfied by the electricity service they get Nigeria’s power market is synonymous with a new profile other than its well-recognised poor service delivery. Today the electricity market is dominated by frequent operators’ bickering. In a somewhat recurrent practice, the sector has been subjected to unending quarrels amongst its key operators – notably between the 11 electricity distribution companies (Disco) and Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN, as well as between the power generation companies (Gencos) and Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET). But each time the operators go at each other, it has however never really been about satisfying consumers who have from records had to deal with poor service delivery from the market.
KEDCO raises alarm over ‘eligible customers’ policy
THE Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) has raised the alarm over the eligible customer policy of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in its September 2019 Performance Investment Plan (PIP). The plan, which was posted on the website of the commission yesterday, explained that the “eligible customer regulations will allow large (eligible) customers to purchase power directly from generating companies. Large customers are a major source of revenue for DisCos due to their ability and willingness to pay, and heavy cross subsidies between tariff classes.” The KEDCO said although Competition Transition Charge and Distribution Use of System Charges were intended to address the financial impact of losing these customers, they have not yet been put in place.
Averting looming electricity crisis
A Looming national power outage over disagreement between the Electricity Generating Companies (GenCos) and the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET), over payment of administrative charges should be averted to save the nation from plunging into further darkness. Nigerians have suffered untold hardship arising from epileptic power supply and can’t afford more disruptions. What is at play, unfortunately, is lack of synergy between service providers and government agencies that ought to collaborate to deliver public good to the people. Unnecessary power tussle, presumably, fuelled by selfish corrupt interest, might be the bone of contention rather than desire to improve power supply. Let’s be clear on this puzzle: Is there no laid down procedure for making the transactions in question? How has this been conducted before now? What brought about the 0.75 per cent administrative charge on transactions that the NBET is demanding? Has this charge always been there or is it a new imposition from the NBET? These and other pertinent questions need to be asked in order to resolve the issue.
October 7, 2019
PROPOSED HIKE IN ELECTRICITY TARIFFS
The new tariffs will be justified if the services are improved Consumers will pay about N1.52 trillion more for power supplied to them next year, going by the recent tariff approved by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). While several groups are of the view that this increment should not stand until there is considerable improvement in power supply, the NERC seemed to have concluded that the tariff review has come to stay. Our position is that the electricity industry should be properly run with the right market tools. But we fear that the new rate increase may be another exercise in futility. After all, previous exercises have never really yielded good outcomes in terms of improved service delivery. In a recent regulatory circular, NERC approved a new electricity tariff for distribution companies (Discos) operating in Nigeria. It said the new tariff which is distinct to each Discos became effective from 1st July, 2019, meaning that consumers are already paying more for electricity supplied to them.
Gombe Governor Receives Report Of Task Force On Power Improvement
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, has received the report of the task force on power supply in Gombe state with a resolve to partner with relevant agencies to tackle electricity challenges and take the state out of darkness. The governor said the idea of constituting the task force as well as other committees was for his administration to get technical inputs as well as build bridges between practical operations and realities through the recommendations to assist the government in its developmental plans. Governor Inuwa Yahaya, who noted the importance of electricity to the socio- economic development of any society, said his administration would leave no stone unturned to ensure that the state enjoyed improved power supply and other basic amenities. He said his recent meeting with the managing director of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) had put him in a pole position to understand the power situation in the north-east, describing the region as the most under-served in terms of electricity supply.
FG hunts for power assets’ auctioneers
The Fedetal Government has launched a manhunt for auctioneers of 200 power assets that had been stranded at the various sea ports in Nigeria. The Nigeria Customs Service had earlier auctioned these container-loads of power assets abandoned at the port since the regime of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo as president of Nigeria. Picking holes in the action of the Customs, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), which said it had government’s nod for the operation, said in a document obtained by this newspaper, that it would recover the assets for government. Though TCN said that it had “recovered over 693 containers of power equipment abandoned at ports due to tariff,” the company maintained that over 200 of such assets were auctioned by the Customs. It added that it settled for the option of going after the auctioneers to recover these assets.
Power sector records N2.2 billion loss, here is why
The Nigerian power sector as at Friday, October 5, 2019, recorded an estimated N2.2 billion loss. As disclosed in a daily energy report by the Advisory Power Team office of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the loss recorded was as a result of insufficient gas supply, distribution, and transmission infrastructure. More so, according to the report, Electricity Generation Companies (GenCos), which comprises gas-fires and hydro stations, made known that they released an average of 3,406 MegaWatts/Hour (MWH) of electricity into the national grid on Friday. The report also has it that about 2,073 megawatts could not be generated due to non availability of gas. Similarly, zero megawatts was not generated due to non availability of transmission infrastructure during the period.
Power: As Buck-passing Rages On
The past few weeks has witnessed accusations and counter accusations by players in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) as to who is responsible for the woes of the sector. ABAH ADAH writes Buck passing which has been trending among key players in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) over the inefficiency of the industry peaked again in the past few weeks. Every one of them tries to exonerate self from being a contributor to the crisis in the sector even as consumers for whom the electricity is meant have continued to grapple with power outages and in some cases total darkness. In order words, just as the saying goes that where two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers, as these players continue to trade blames while the decay in the sector degenerates, it is the consumers that bear the brunt.
KEDCO celebrates consumers, pledges improved services
The management of the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company has observed the 2019 edition of the Customers’ Service Week. The weeklong event, which holds across the globe in the first week of October, is to celebrate the importance of power consumers. It also celebrates members of staff of electricity companies, who serve and support customers. This was contained in a statement by the Head, Corporate Communications, KEDCO, Ibrahim Shawai, in Kano on Sunday. The theme of this year’s event was: The Magic of Service’. According to Shawai, the theme “recognises that good service is magical and can turn an unhappy customer into a satisfied long-term customer.” He stated, “During the course of the weeklong event, KEDCO leveraged the opportunity to educate customers on energy conservation and the MAP scheme as well as visiting various communities to sensitise them to the need to support the power sector reforms in the country.
Customer Week: AEDC set to reward loyalists
Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) will be giving out electricity token to some of its customers to mark the globally celebrated customer service week. General Manager, Corporate Communications, Mr Oyebode Fadipe, said this in a statement in Abuja Monday. Fadipe said the company’s directors would also man the customer care centres in some of its area offices in Abuja to receive customers’ complaints and resolve them. He said the two gestures were symbolic aimed at showing appreciation to its loyal customers and to show the importance the management attaches to them. “As a service provider, our customers remain one of our priceless assets on whose behalf we will continue to strive to deliver world class service. “The globally celebrated customer service week offers us the unique opportunity to once again appreciate our customers for their loyalty to our brand.
BEDC to Allocate 67,452 Meters to Electricity Consumers in Ekiti State
To ensure accurate metering and put in place mechanism to safeguard the rights of electricity consumers in Ekiti State, the Benin Electricity Distribution Company(BEDC) will roll out a total of 67,452 meters to consumers in the state. The company said metering all consumers will encourage the willingness to pay the monthly bills and reduce the burden of huge debts being owed by consumers through estimated billings. The BEDC Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Funke Osibodu, represented by the Executive Director, Commercial, Dr. Abu Ejoor, said this in Ado Ekiti on Monday during the official launch of the mapping and enumeration exercises leading to the registration of consumers to have access to meters. For the scheme to be successful, Osibodu urged the government to implement relevant laws to stop cases of vandalism, advising that mobile courts can be set up to try some of the criminals perpetrating the nefarious act.
IBEDC flags off 2019 Customers Service Week
The lbadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) on Monday flagged off its 2019 Customers Service Week, geared toward rewarding its esteemed customers. Mr John Ayodele, the company Chief Operating Officer, said in Lagos that the week-long programme was designed to appreciate the customers across the seven states of the company’s operations. IBEDC franchise areas include: Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Kwara, parts of Kogi, Niger and Ekiti. “The week is an opportunity to celebrate and appreciate our most important stakeholders, that is, our customers. “Without our customers, we won’t be in business. “It is also an opportunity to celebrate our staffs who are our internal customers, because they work effortlessly to ensure we achieve our goals. “The Customers Services Week is a globally recognised event, celebrated annually in the first week of October to appreciate the most important stakeholders in the business, that is, the customers.
DisCo assures South-East residents of steady power supply
The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) on Monday assured its customers in the South-East of steady power supply. The Chief Operating Officer of EEDC, Mr Maruthi Kumar gave the assurance while speaking with the Nigeria News Agency in Enugu. According to him, the company has resolved to continue to invest in vital distribution infrastructure. Kumar spoke on the sideline of the global Customer Service Week (CSW) which began on Saturday. He noted that EEDC’s huge investment in the distribution network had increased power supply in Owerrinta and Oguta axis of Imo to about 23.5 hours. “This means that the people of that axis of Imo had stopped buying fuel and running their generators for over a month now. “Likewise in Enugu, we are now supplying about 18 hours of power and more in axis where we have newly installed sub-station transformers.
October 5, 2019
Protesters ask PHED to leave Bayelsa
Ijaw youths and other concerned citizens in Bayelsa State on Friday staged a peaceful protest in Yenagoa against the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company for poor power supply and related issues in the state. The peaceful protesters, who started their march from the Ijaw House along Sani Abacha road, and terminated it at the PHED office in Opolo, Isaac Boro Expressway, were led by the Chairman, Ijaw Youth Council Central Zone, Mr Kennedy Olorogun. They expressed displeasure over what they described as “horrible power supply” in the state.
They equally asked the PHED to “pack out of Bayelsa” if they were not prepared to guarantee steady power supply to residents. The protest followed the expiration of a 30-day ultimatum the IYC handed to the electricity distribution firm to address the issues of exorbitant estimated billing, rationing and lack of power supply. At the PHED office, Olorogun accused the company of “playing politics with electricity supply in the state.”
Asaba: BEDC rolls Out 10,000 meters, targets provision of 200,000 units
The BEDC Electricity Plc. has flagged off the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) by rolling out prepaid meters to its customers in Delta State, with Asaba as its takeoff point, and a promise to provide 200, 000 units in two years. With the commencement of the exercise, which took off through Inlaks Solution Limited, G-Unit Engineering Ltd and Turbo Energy Ltd, MAP is expected to carry out roll out at locations, routes, and streets with enumerators, as enumeration is a prerequisite for meters to be provided. Speaking, BEDC Executive Director, Commercial, Abu Ejoor, said the main objectives of this scheme is to encourage the development of independent and competitive meter services in Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry, NESI and eliminate billing practices that are not in tune with best practices.
THE START OF THE FUTURE OF ENERGY: WHAT WENT DOWN AT THE 2019 POWER NIGERIA EXHIBITION & CONFERENCE
Have you ever imagined that the Nigerian power distribution and transmission capacity is up to 5,000 and 7,000 megawatts of electricity respectively? Then you probably attended this year’s edition of the Power Nigeria Exhibition & Conference. After seven years of remarkably impacting Nigeria’s energy sector, Power Nigeria again gathered industry experts at the Landmark Centre from September 24-26, to set the agenda and establish conversations on ways to improve the power sector. As the largest power and renewable energy event in West Africa, Power Nigeria brought together thought leaders and experts from the energy sector to emphasize on Nigeria’s potential and ambitions for the coming years, as well as to meet manufacturers and suppliers from over 24 different countries – all of whom displayed their innovative products and solutions.
Over 200,000 prepaid meters ready for distribution in Delta—BEDC
Electricity customers in Delta State are to be supplied with over 200,000 pay as you go meters, the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) has stated.
The firm stated deployment can be over a two-year interval. Executive Director (Commercial),Mr Abu Ejoor, made this identified yesterday in Asaba,the state capital in the course of the official flag off of the metering roll out by the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) within the state. He stated in the course of the take off interval, the scheme would have as much as three months of buildup roll out with anticipated month-to-month run charge of 10,000. Ejoor stated 5 MAP’s authorized are G-Unit Engineering Ltd,Sabrud Consortium Big Ltd,Inlaks Power Solutions Ltd,FLT Energy Systems Ltd and Turbo Energy Ltd.
Again, Court refuses to block whistleblower’s motion against NBET
The National Industrial Court in Abuja again on Friday refused an oral application by the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading (NBET) for a stay of proceedings in a motion brought against it by a whistleblower, Sambo Abdullahi. The NBET lawyer, Olayinka Arase, had made the oral application before the trial judge, Kiyersohot Damulak, after he notified the NIC of his pending request at the Court of Appeal. Mr Arase’s request at the Court of Appeal is challenging a decision of the NIC for parties to maintain the status quo pending the determination of another motion brought by Mr Abdullahi. Mr Abdullahi is a worker with NBET. He and another whistleblower, Waziri Bintube, had exposed several alleged fraudulent acts by NBET’s Managing Director, Marilyn Amobi.
He approached the industrial court after his salaries were stopped by the electricity company on controversial grounds. Mr Abdullahi also asked the court to restrain NBET from doing anything that will further affect his appointment.
October 4, 2019
Let’s sell electricity directly to eligible customers — Gencos
Power generation companies are pushing for the full implementation of the Eligible Customer policy of the Federal Government following the recent reduction in the payment of their invoices from about 80 per cent to 15 per cent. On May 15, 2017, the former Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, declared the Eligible Customer policy which permits electricity customers to buy power directly from generation companies in line with the provisions of Section 27 of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act 2005. But industry operators told our correspondent on Thursday in Abuja that the policy had not been fully allowed to take effect. Also, power generation companies complained that their payments from the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading company for energy delivered to the grid had reduced tremendously, dropping from about 80 to 15 per cent.
Reps pass bill to criminalise estimated billing
The House of Representatives on Thursday passed three bills sponsored by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, one of which seeks to criminalise estimated billing of electricity consumers by distribution companies. When the proposed law is concurred with by the Senate and assented to by the President, it will become criminal for service providers to issue estimated bills, also known as ‘crazy bills’, issuance of which would attract either a one-year jail term or a fine of N1m or both. The proposed law would also compel a distribution company to provide prepaid meter to an applicant within 30 days, while barring the DISCOs from disconnecting the consumer after the 30-day period within which meter should be installed. The Electric Power Sector Reform Act (Amendment) Bill 2018, which Gbajabiamila, then as Majority Leader, presented in the Eighth National Assembly, was re-presented in July 2019.
Federal Ministry of Power endorses Future Energy Nigeria
Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Power has officially endorsed the upcoming Future Energy Nigeria conference and exhibition. The 16th edition of this longstanding, leading power and energy event will take place at the Eko Hotel in Lagos from 12-13 November 2019. “The Ministry is proud to be in partnership with the successful hosting of this year’s event,” says Mr Louis O.N. Edozien, the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Power in an official letter to the organizers. He adds: “the success of the last conference has given the Ministry the confidence to accord the upcoming event the necessary support that will avail stakeholders the opportunity to appreciate the gain recorded in the country’s power sector.” “Receiving the Federal Ministry of Power’s official endorsement and confidence is extremely valuable, not to mention motivating” says Future Energy Nigeria’s business development director Ade Yesufu, “and we are proud to be the only event of its kind in Nigeria to receive official endorsement from the Federal Ministry of Power.”
BEDC flags Meter Asset Provider in Delta
The Benin Electricity Distribution Company, BEDC, yesterday flagged off the Meter Asset Provider, MAP, rolling out smart prepaid meters scheme for its customers in Delta State, with a promise to provide 200, 000 units in two years. Benin Electricity Distribution Company Speaking at the Media Launch of the MAP scheme in Asaba, the Executive Director, BEDC, Mr Abu Ejoor, said with the commencement of the exercise with its parties, the Inlaks Solution Limited, G-Unit Engineering Ltd and Turbo Energy Ltd, MAP is expected to carry out better roll out at locations, routes, and streets with enumerators.
Ikeja Electric’s CSR Initiative in Olambe Community
Going beyond supplying light to communities, Ikeja Electric through its Personal Corporate Social Responsibility program, which is a channel to build mutual relationship between the company and its host, recently gave back to Olambe community in Akute For the Olambe community, a boundary town in Akute, it was joy galore when the Personal Corporate Social Responsibility (PCSR) train of Ikeja Electric (IE) singled them out. Armed with educational materials and school uniforms, the staff of IE also gave safety talks to the school children about electricity and electrical appliances. For the school, the gesture was well appreciated given that the first week of September is usually a trying period for most parents in Nigeria due to the pressure of paying their children’s school fees and providing other requirements for the start of a new school session.
Eko Disco to reward customers for paying outstanding bills
Lagos – Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) on Fridayannounced plans to reward customers who pay above 50 per cent of their outstanding bills with free energy credit vouchers.Mr Adeoye Fadeyibi, the Chief Executive Officer of EKEDC disclosed the company’s strategy at a news conference to highlight the DisCo’s activities ahead of its 2019 Customer Service Week in Lagos.News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 2019 EKEDC Customer Service Week, which has as its theme ”The Magic of Service”, will hold from Oct. 7 to Oct. 11. Fadeyibi said the customer service week was an opportunity for the DisCo celebrate and appreciate its customers who were the firm’s most important stakeholders.He said,” without our customers, we won’t be in business. “It is also an opportunity to celebrate our staff who are our internal customers because they work effortlessly to ensure we achieve our goals.”
GenCos releases 3,280 MWH of electricity to national grid
Electricity Generation Companies (GenCos), comprising gas-fired and hydro stations, said they released an average of 3,280 megawatts/hour of electricity into the national grid on Thursday. This is contained in a daily energy report by the Advisory Power Team, office of the Vice President, a copy which was obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday. The report said that the electricity sent out by the GenCos went up by 63.14 megawatts from the figure released on Thursday. however, said that 2,238 megawatts could not be generated due to unavailability of gas. The report noted that 112.5 megawatts was not generated due to unavailability of transmission infrastructure during the period. Similarly, it said that 2,447.5 megawatts were not generated due to high frequency resulting from unavailability of distribution infrastructure.
October 3, 2019
Retooling Ijora Power Station
One of the oldest power facilities in the country, the Ijora Power Station at Ijora Olopa, will soon wear a new look as the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and Nigeria Electricity Liability Management Company are in talks. TCN wants to buy the facility from NELMCO for use as a workshop for repairs of their transformers, among others, EMEKA UGWUANYI reports. The Ijora Power Station was inaugurated in 1923. It was the major source of electricity supply to Lagos and its environs during the colonial period.
At inception, it had a capacity for generating about 20 megawatts (Mw) of electricity from steam turbines and coal-fired boilers. It was, however, upgraded.
By 1943, the city had become “entirely dependent for supply” on the two turbo-alternators at Ijora. In the late 1940s, a second phase of development was commenced at Ijora – known as “Ijora B,” – which had a generating capacity of 85 megawatts. The station was oil-fired and this made it the most modern power station in the country.
August power collapse dents grid stability in Q3
After recording eight system collapses in the first and second quarters of 2019, Nigeria’s power grid tried to stabilise in the third quarter but witnessed a collapse on August 30. It was observed that apart from the August 30 incident, the grid recorded no collapse in the months of July, August and September. Data obtained by our correspondent from the Federal Ministry of Power on Wednesday in Abuja showed that in July 2019, power generation on the grid revolved around 5,092.9 megawatts and 2,646.2MW. An analysis of daily power generation figures for July showed that the highest peak of 5,092.9MW was recorded on July 16. The lowest quantum of energy, 2,646.2MW, delivered on the grid during the month was recorded on July 12. In August, the grid maintained some stability for most part of the month but collapsed totally to 20MW on August 30. It, however, picked up the next day as peak generation climbed to 3,930.5MW, while the lowest generation on August 31 was 2,877.4MW.
Waiting for Fed Govt’s PSA review
Electricity distribution companies (DisCos) are on the edge as they await the final review of their Performance Service Agreements (PSA) on December 31, this year, writes AKINOLA AJIBADE The 11 power distribution firms in the country are on edge as they await the final review of their performance deals with the Federal Government. Their assets of the DisCos, alongside those of six power generation companies were unbundled from the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) during the privatisation of the sector in 2013. The Federal Government had on January 1, 2015, signed the agreements with the power distribution firms, to keep a close tab on their operations. Billed to lapse on December 31, this year, the review would help to ascertain the level of the companies’performance. The firms include Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC), Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Benin Electricity Distribution Company(BEDC) and Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC).
Ikeja Disco to invest N105bn in power network
Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company plans to invest N105bn in its network in the next five years; figures released by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission on Wednesday have shown. In its draft Performance Improvement Plan submitted to the NERC, it was observed that Ikeja Disco also plans to reduce its Average Technical Commercial and Collection losses to 8.8 per cent by 2024. It targets 100 per cent metering of all customers by 2022 and the improvement of customer satisfaction to 95 per cent by 2024. “The investment requirements to achieve the performance agreement targets will result in a tariff increase that reflects our actual loss performance,” the Disco said in its draft PIP. It added, “This increase in tariff will enable us to successfully deliver our performance plan.
October 2, 2019
Group protests against BEDC over poor power supply
Members of Edo Civil Society Organizations (EDOCSO’s) in Edo, Ondo, Ekiti and Delta states, on Tuesday staged a peaceful protest calling on the federal government not to renew the operating licence of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) over incompetence. The protest by members of EDOCSO in BEDC franchise states is coming ahead of the planned performance review of the DISCOs by the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE) in December 2019. The BEDC had on Monday, through its Executive Director, Commercial, Abu Ejoor, called civil society to shelve it planned protest against it as there is no expiration of license of BEDC in December as alleged by EDOCSO. He alleged that EDOCSO is peddling misinformation, after BEDC instituted court cases against some of its members for energy theft and illegal tampering with electrical fittings.
BEDC begins metering of customers in Edo
The Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) has launched the Edo State Meter Asset Provider (MAP) scheme with a target of providing 10,000 meters monthly. It said a total of 190,000 units would be installed in the state within the next two years. The metering of BEDC customers in Edo began in the Government Reservation Area (GRA) in Benin City and Okpella in Edo North. Speaking to newsmen in Benin City, the Executive Director, Commercial, Mr. Abu Ejoor, enjoined customers to complete the customer’s data and survey form after which the MAP officials would assess the premises in readiness for metering.
Ikeja Electric leverages technology to cut technical losses, improve revenue
Six technological tools have been key in helping the company achieve modest improvements in its operations. The Customer Information System as a database that stores customer information. It uses the EBM software to automate estimated billings and the MobiWorks App to provide realtime vigilance activities and escalations such as capturing of free riders, energy theft and meter bypass. Ikeja Electric’s Force App is used internally to consolidate several business units and manage process efficiently. The company’s iSafe app is meant for both the company and customers to report hazardous network conditions for improvement. The Meter Reading System is for capturing accurate reading of energy consumption and enhanced reliability of billings. Ikeja Electric’s Customer Relationship Management tool is to provide record and track customer’s complaints and has been integrated with other key stakeholder units to ensure prompt resolution of customer inquiries and complaints.
What manner of privatisation?
What kind of privatisation of the power sector did we undertake in
his country? From NEPA to PHCN. You would have expected that life will be made
easier to some degree with their arrival but alas! It seems to be worse or at
the same level as the previous front-runners of the power sector. But can
people, give what they do not have? I doubt so. I remember
expressing misgivings to an acquaintance on the workability of these
companies when the issue of privatisation of the power sector came up a moment
ago and she said, ‘‘have faith Simon, do not be a pessimist.’’ I chose to be a
cynic because the process leading to the privatisation into private hands was
faulty. You do no privatise national assets that are dead and handoff totally
from the daily practices that will lead to its recovery. You either go into
partnerships to resuscitate it or use the ‘will of state’ to bring it around
for the ‘good of the state.’
Gencos petition NERC, presidency over new administrative charge
Power generation companies (Gencos) have petitioned Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), the Presidency and other relevant agencies of government over a recent administrative charge imposed on them. In a letter dated September 30, 2019, addressed to the chairman of the NERC and copied to the Office of the Vice President, Office of the Chief of Staff and Minister of Power, Gencos kicked against the 0.75 per cent administrative charge imposed on them by the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading company. Copies of the letter was equally sent to the offices of the Minister of State for Power; Minister of Finance; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power; director-general, Bureau of Public Enterprises; managing director, Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria; and NBET’s managing director. The power generating companies in the letter contended that the charge was not backed by any market rule.
NERC begins fresh review of electricity tariff for TCN, 11 DisCos
he Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, has issued a notice on its intent to start a fresh extraordinary tariff review for the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and the 11 Distribution Companies (DisCos). In the notice, published this week, the Commission asked for comments from members of the public within 21 days to be considered during the review process. It said Section 76 of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act (EPSRA) 2005 empowers NERC to have adopted the Multi-Year Tariff Order (MYTO) methodology for electricity pricing. MYTO allows NERC to do minor review every six months and a major review every five years. It can however, execute an extraordinary tariff review if any power firm seeks for it. Since February 2016 when the MYTO 2015 was implemented, no extraordinary tariff review had been done by NERC.
Universities embrace alternative power sources
With assistance from the federal ministry of
education and international donors, Nigerian universities are taking advantage
of alternative energy production technology, and the unbundling of the
electricity production and distribution in the country, to generate their own
electrical supply from a variety of sources. The country struggles frequently with nation-wide blackouts as a
result of collapses in the power grid. Power supply in the country has been
privatised since 2005. Nigeria is the largest oil producer in Africa and 11th
largest in the world. Professor Yia Argungu, from the department of hydrology
at Federal University, Minna, told University World News there was a
serious need among universities for alternative and independent sources of
“Just recently the Punch newspaper reported that the national power distribution company suffered nine system collapses, and over 100 of such cases since the sector was privatised.
Power Supply Suffers Steady Decline as Key Operators Bicker
Nigeria’s power supply has remained on a steady decline over the last three months- July, August and September- with an average daily supply falling to 3,473 megawatts (MW) in September, according to an operational report from the Office of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. As key operators in the power sector engaged in recriminations over their condition of operations, the industry statistics, which THISDAY obtained yesterday, showed that between July and September, the average daily power generation and distribution was 3,557MW. Within the period under review, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), distribution companies under the aegis of the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), and the generation companies were engaged in war of words over the state of the power sector.
A progress impeded by vandalism over billing
Unwholesome activities of vandals and inability of Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) to provide Pre-Payment Meters (PPM) to customers have been identified as the major challenges hindering distribution of electricity to customers in North-East states. Respondents to a survey conducted by News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Borno, Yobe and neighboring Jigawa, who also spoke on other problems, identified the two as the main factors. Whereas customers harped on non-provision of PPM to check the problem of over-billing and frequent outage, officials of the DisCos complained of customers defaulting in settlement of bills and frequent theft of their facilities. The officials said those problems were hindering the regular flow of power generated as the facilities served as the channels for the flow, and money from customers was needed to pay for energy secured for distribution. The Bauchi Regional office of Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC) said activities of vandals was affecting its effort at collecting and supplying electricity to its customers spread across the state. Head, Network Engineers, Bauchi Region, Shehu Mohammed, told NAN that some of the company’s equipment were being vandalized frequently, causing damage and power outage. According to him, some areas experience load shedding due to the inability of transformers to pick two feeders at a time.
Nigeria’s struggle to go beyond 4,000MW, decades after independence
Two years ago, the publisher of Cable newspaper, Simon Kolawole, recounted his experience of how he picked the May 30, 1988 edition of the Newswatch magazine with a story of how NEPA’s installed generation capacity stood at 4,000 megawatts in 1988. Over three decades after amidst different reforms, the country’s installed capacity can generate 12,522 megawatts (MW) of electric power from existing plants, but most days are only able to generate around 4,000 MW. Is there hope for the power sector with one year away from its 40,000MW target? Femi Adekoya and Kingsley Jeremiah write. In his ‘memories of midnight’ article, Kolawole described the power situation of the country as a recurring cycle with little or no development. He wrote: “I then made the mistake of my life: I picked the May 30, 1988 edition. I wish I hadn’t. I still believe it was the work of the devil. The cover design was completely black, but for the two big eyeballs in darkness as well as a slender white outline and a thick red border. It screamed: “NEPA — A Nation in Darkness.” It was a special focus on Nigeria’s power problems. “This edition could have been reproduced 29 years after — I mean this year — with just little changes: the principal characters and the anecdotes. At the risk of exaggeration, I would say things were even better in those days than today, especially comparing the expenditure with the results.
Nigeria@59: Kudos, knocks for power sector
As Nigeria marks its 59th independence anniversary, the country’s power sector can’t be said to have improved in terms of electricity supply to the citizenry. Available information on the website of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) shows that electricity generation started in Nigeria in 1896 but the first electricity utility company, known as the Nigerian Electricity Supply Company (NESC) was established in 1929. By the year 2000, a state-owned monopoly, the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA), was in charge of the generation, transmission and distribution of electric power in Nigeria. It operated as a vertical integrated utility company and had a total generation capacity of about 6, 200 MW from 2 hydro and 4 thermal power plants. This resulted in an unstable and unreliable electric power supply situation in the country with customers exposed to frequent power cuts and long period of power outages and an industry characterised by lack of maintenance of power infrastructure, outdated power plants, low revenues, high losses, power theft and non-cost reflective tariffs. In the year 2001, the reform of the electricity sector began with the promulgation of the National Electric Power Policy which had as its goal the establishment of an efficient electricity market in Nigeria.
2019 Power Nigeria: How digitalisation of energy sector can boost economy
Key industry experts in the energy sector have called for digitalisation of Nigeria’s energy sector, saying it would further boost the economy. They held that technology plays a significant role in increasing the access to clean and sustainable energy resources thereby building Nigerian economy. Among the stakeholders who made this summation were leaders from the Eko Electricity Distribution Company, EKEDC, Cummins, PowerPro, Green Power Utility, Kartel Energy. Speaking at the 2019 Power Nigeria Exhibition and Conference, in Lagos, they all agreed that technology is revolutionisiing the energy sector. Power Nigeria is the largest energy event in West Africa. It is an annual hub for suppliers to meet buyers, driving both the West African and Nigerian energy markets. Some of the experts who spoke to Hi-Tech after a panel session at the event, said it was time to harness the power of technology to drive the energy sector, even as they charged government to ensure deployment of digitized infrastructure by entrenching use of data management to solve problems of energy consumption, transforming existing grid to smart grid and building a robust and resilient grid.
Power Supply Suffers Steady Decline as Key Operators Bicker
Nigeria’s power supply has remained on a steady decline over the last three months- July, August and September- with an average daily supply falling to 3,473 megawatts (MW) in September, according to an operational report from the Office of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. As key operators in the power sector engaged in recriminations over their condition of operations, the industry statistics, which THISDAY obtained yesterday, showed that between July and September, the average daily power generation and distribution was 3,557MW. Within the period under review, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), distribution companies under the aegis of the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), and the generation companies were engaged in war of words over the state of the power sector. The data from the Advisory Power Team in Osinbajo’s office showed that in July, average daily supply to Nigerians was 3,676MW; this, however, dropped to 3526MW in August and further down to 3,473MW in September. According to the data, the average volume of constrained electricity – that is power that could not get to homes and offices due to various challenges such as low gas supply; unavailability of transmission and distribution infrastructure as well as water management challenges, was 4,013MW. It said in July, the volume of constrained power was 3,872MW
What FG Should Do To Address Poor Power Supply
Mr Haruna Ahmed Osike is the Chief Executive Officer of H.A.Osike Electrical Engineering works Nigeria Limited and the first electrical wiring licenced contractor in the northern part of the country. In this interview with YINKA OLADOYINBO, the former staff of Electricity Corporation of Nigeria (ECN) and NEPA who had over 50 years experience in electrical line speaks extensively on the poor power supply and the federal government needs to do to address the issue. What do you think is responsible for epileptic power supply despite the federal government effort in ensuring that Nigerians enjoy constant electricity supply. The major problem Nigeria as a country has today in respect of electricity emanated from the distribution companies. The power generating companies are trying their best in ensuring that enough kilowatts of electricity are generated, but the distribution companies saddled with the responsibilities of evacuating the electricity were the one thwarting the enormous effort put in place by the federal government in seeing that Nigerians enjoyed constant power supply. I believe that Nigerians can still attest to the fact that when President Muhammadu Buhari took over the mantle of leadership in 2015, his major priority was to tackle the issues surrounding the power sector and he created enabling environment for the critical stakeholders to operate, all with a view to improve the power supply.
October 1, 2019
Gencos petition Presidency, NERC over admin charge
Power generation companies on Monday petitioned the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, the Presidency and other relevant agencies of government over a recent administrative charge imposed on Gencos. In a letter dated September 30, 2019, addressed to the chairman of the NERC, the Gencos resisted the 0.75 per cent administrative charge imposed on them by the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading company. Our correspondent observed that the power generators sent a copy of the letter, which was also acknowledged by the NERC, to the Office of the Vice President, Office of the Chief of Staff and Minister of Power. Other officials/offices copied in the letter were the Minister of State for Power; Minister of Finance; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power; Director-General, Bureau of Public Enterprises; managing director, Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria; and NBET’s managing director. The PUNCH recently reported that NBET imposed a 0.75 per cent administrative charge on Gencos for gas transactions conducted on their behalf, as opposed to what obtained in the past. In the letter, the Gencos argued that the charge was not backed by any market rule, adding that NERC should call NBET to order.
Buhari: Nigerians will have uninterrupted electricity in not-too-distant future
President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians of affordable and uninterrupted electricity supply in the “not too distant future”. Speaking during his 59th Independence day broadcast to the nation on Tuesday, the president said his administration is resolute in reforming the power sector. While the financial intervention by the Buhari’s administration to the power sector has hit N1.5 trillion in five years, the electricity supply to Nigerian homes is less than 5,000 megawatts. “We are resolute in reforming the power sector. In August this year, we launched the Presidential Power Initiative to modernize the National Grid in 3 phases: starting from 5 Gigawatts to 7 Gigawatts, then to 11 Gigawatts by 2023, and finally 25 Gigawatts afterwards,” Buhari said. “This programme, in partnership with the German Government and Siemens, will provide end-to-end electrification solutions that will resolve our transmission and distribution challenges. “The programme will also look to localize the development and assembly of smart meters as well as the operations and maintenance capabilities of transmission and distribution infrastructure. “I am pleased with the improved inter-agency collaboration between the Ministry of Power and the regulators in the banking and power sectors to ensure that electricity sales, billings and collections are automated and become cashless.
Discos Deny Owing FG Tax Arrears
The power distribution companies (Discos) in Nigeria have denied owing arrears of taxes to the federal government since the power privatisation exercise ended in 2013. Their trade association – the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), stressed that the power investors were not indebted to the government through taxes in a statement in response to a recent comment attributed to the Chief Economist of PricewaterhouseCoppers Coopers (PwC), Dr. Andrew Nevin, that they owed the government taxes for years on account of their poor financial positions. Nevin, had at a recent power sector roundtable disclosed that the Discos were owing the government tax arears because they had been unable to make any profit from their operations. But ANED responded, saying the statement by Nevin was untrue. It explained in the statement signed by its Director of Research and Advocacy, Mr. Sunday Oduntan, that while they acknowledged Nevin’s effort to highlight the challenges of the sector in his presentation, thus, fostering dialogue that was critical for the resolution of same, they were not owing the federal government tax arrears. “We hereby, unequivocally, state that this claim relating to Discos not paying federal government taxes is misleading, incorrect and not supported by the facts.
With N66bn Uncollected Revenue, FG Promises Discos Favorable Policies
The federal government has said it will initiate new policies to help electricity distribution companies (Discos) improve on their tariff collection levels. It also promised to consistently provide them with cost-reflective electricity tariff to enable the sector to operate. Speaking recently at a power sector roundtable organised by the Mainstream Energy Solutions, operators of the Kainji and Jebba hydro power stations, Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, explained that the cash crunch experienced in the power sector was well-known to the government and that it was working on finding a lasting solution to the matter. Represented by the Minister of Power, Mr. Sala Mamman, Osinabjo, stated that the government would devise strategies to help the power Discos recover monies due to them from the electricity bills they send to consumers. “The continuous growth of the sector is of critical importance to the Buhari administration, as such, we assure this congregation that we will do our utmost best to establish appropriate policies to address issues such as collection of receivables which has grave implications for the generation and distribution companies and the establishment of a cost reflective tariff for the sector,” he said.
TCN to do more projects with N600bn loans
The Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Mr. Usman Gur Mohammed, has said the company has been reformed to execute huge power projects with capacity to offset the $1.66 billion (about N600.4 billion) loans it is getting from multilateral donor agencies. Mr. Mohammed who disclosed this on Friday at a TCN and donor stakeholders meeting in Abuja, said the company was driving itself to self-sustainability, adding that the Distribution Companies (DisCos) owed TCN N220bn for service charges, and that with more earnings through the tariff in the electricity market, the firm was viable. He said, “DisCos owe us N270bn cumulatively as uncollected debts. We can finance our operation and so all the loans we are taking, we are now signing agreements with the Federal Ministry of Finance agreeing that we are going to pay the loans by ourselves.” Analysis of the $1.661bn loans from five agencies shows that the World Bank is the highest donor with $486m for transmission access project, and $27m for the North Core project. The African Development Bank (AfDB) has $410m for transmission expansion projects, the French Development Agency (AFD) and the European Union (EU) gave $330m for the northern corridor transmission project.
N600bn fund: GenCos write NERC over planned 0.75% NBET gas charge
As the federal government plans disbursement of a N600 billion power sector intervention fund, Generation Companies (GenCos) have approached the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to intervene on the imposition of a 0.75 percent administrative charge on them by the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET). A letter written under the umbrella body, Association of Power Generation Companies (APGC), addressed to NERC chairman, Professor James Momoh and received by the commission on Monday, stated that the imposition of the gas supply charge was a condition precedent for them to benefit from the N600bn power fund. “It would further worsen the liquidity crisis being faced by the GenCos and set a dangerous precedent in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI),” they said. At least Geregu and Sapele Power signed the letter on behalf of over 20 thermal GenCos. The letter was said to have been copied to the Office of the Vice President, the Chief of Staff to the President, the Ministers for Power and Finance, the Director General, Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), the MD of Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria (GACN) and the MD of NBET
LET THERE BE LIGHT: Nigeria’s dawns of dashed hopes on electricity
Oilfields across Nigeria’s resource-abundant Niger Delta spew high flames that blur the difference between day and night in the so-called host communities, like Ebedei in Delta state. The oil industry still burns off some 700 million standard cubic feet of associated gas that comes with oil during production daily at over 170 sites. Including non-associated gas, the other natural gas that exists in reserves independent of oil, Nigeria’s proven reserves of natural gas are up to 202 trillion cubic feet, TCF, and about 600 trillion TCF unproven reserves, bringing Africa’s largest economy among the first 10 largest gas producers in the world. The vast gas resource – added to the limitless renewable resources, namely hydro, wind and solar – thrusts to spotlight the generous presence of inherent attributes necessary for optimal electricity delivery, which can unlock economic prosperity and development. “The electricity platform is central to the rest of the economy since it overlaps with almost all other systems,” commented Emmanuel Ezekwere, a sector expert with decades-long experience gained from senior roles at NEPA, PHCN, and NERC.
SPECIAL REPORT: For Nigeria, darkness has great cost: trillions of naira and over 59 years
Oilfields across the resource-abundant Niger Delta spew flames day and night, fired by gas associated with oil production. Daily, Nigeria flares some 700 million standard cubic feet of such gas at over 170 sites. Nigeria’s proven reserve of natural gas stands at 202 trillion cubic feet (tcf). This includes non-associated gas — that is natural gas that exists independent of oil. The country is estimated to have about 600 trillion tcf in unproven gas reserves, making Nigeria among the top 10 gas producers in the world. This vast gas resource – added to the other immense renewable resources such as hydro, wind and solar – means Nigeria has more than enough sources to generate the electricity its 200 million people need for economic prosperity and development. “The electricity platform is central to the rest of the economy since it overlaps with almost all other systems,” said Emmanuel Ezekwere, who for decades held senior positions at state-owned electricity bodies like NEPA, PHCN, and NERC. The first two companies are not defunct. In reality, Nigeria has failed to translate this energy potential to development. There is nothing comparable to what has been achieved in equally developing nations like India and Brazil. Instead, its energy sector has continued to suffer from wrong policies, financial mismanagement, low investment, neglect, infrastructure deficit, tariff exploitation, and customer disloyalty.
Nigeria: Bello – Why Power Gencos Want Further Financial Support From Govt
Power generation companies (Gencos) in Nigeria’s power sector would appreciate additional financial interventions from the federal government in order to remain afloat, the Chairman of Mainstream Energy Solutions, Col. Sani Bello (rtd) has said. Mainstream Energy is currently the operators of the Kainji and Jebba hydro power Gencos in Niger state. Bello said during a recent power sector roundtable held at its Kainji power station that power Gencos in the country could go under without financial interventions from the federal government. He explained that when the government’s backed N701 billion intervention fund from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) was operational, the Gencos got up to 80 per cent of their monthly invoices for electricity generated and supplied to the national grid, but that the payment level has since dropped to 15 per cent since fund finished. According to him, no Genco can survive on the 15 per cent invoice payments because it was not enough to meet their basic operational obligations.
CSOs, BEDC bicker over power supply, meter distribution claims
Members of the Edo State Civil Society of Organizations (EDOSCO) yesterday protested against what they called inefficiency of the BEDC Electricity Company in its distribution of electricity in its operational four states of Edo, Delta, Ondo and Ekiti states. Benin Electricity Distribution Company President of EDOSCO, Comrade Omobude Agho also said that the company has failed in its distribution of meters to its customers. He said “they said today is Democracy Day but for us today is Electricity Democracy Day. Our leaders and governors have abandoned us; they are supposed to be at our stadia today in celebration but they have left us. The hearts of our leaders are not clear”. But management of BEDC plc had on Monday kicked against the planned protest even as it alleged that they were being sponsored. The BEDC executive director (Commercial), Dr. Abu Ejoor expressed displeasure over the proposed protest by members of the EDOSCO targeted at dissuading the federal government from renewal of the company’s license which they claimed would expire by December this year, described the protest as a disturbance to public peace.
FG collaborates with Norway on power sector
The Federal Government is collaborating with Norway to tap from its vast experience in hydro power generation to grow Nigeria’s capacity. The Minister of State for Power, Mr. Goddy Jedy-Agba, disclosed this yesterday during a courtesy visit of the Royal Norwegian Ambassador, Mr. Jens-Petter Kjemprud, to the Federal Ministry of Power in Abuja. Briefing newsmen on the visit, Mr. Agba said Norway had a robust power sector and that sharing experiences would help both countries. He said, “They are here to share experiences from what they have gained, what knowledge they’ve got, since we are growing our power system, this will help us to progress further. Wow facts 2 01:52 Previous PlayNext 00:35 / 01:53 Unmute Fullscreen Copy video url Play / Pause Mute / Unmute Report a problem Language Mox Player “Since we are working on our power system, the experience will help us to develop further. Norway is a great country with so much potentials power-wise that can be beneficial to Nigeria.” He noted that he discussed with the Norwegian ambassador the possibility of having some investors coming to the country to invest in the power sector. The ambassador said there were 70 Norwegian firms in Nigeria but that they were not fully in the power sector. He said, “Norway is a very industrious nation and we build our industries on the fact that we first develop our hydro power sector to supply the Norwegian industries with cheap and stable power.”
September 30, 2019
We Are Paying Taxes, Say DisCos
Power distribution companies on Thursday said it was incorrect for an executive of PriceWaterhouseCoopers to claim that no Disco had paid any tax since the power sector was privatised since 2013. Speaking under the aegis of the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors, the umbrella body of Discos, the power firms stated that they had been paying taxes to both the federal and state governments. The Executive Director, Research and Advocacy, ANED, Sunday Oduntan, stated that the Discos were paying different taxes even though they were challenged. Oduntan stated that as responsible corporate citizens, all members of ANED took their tax obligations to the federal and state governments, as applicable, seriously. He said, “As a result, the Discos diligently pay all necessary taxes that apply to their operations. “These taxes include the minimum Company Income Tax, Withholding Tax and Value Added Tax.” He said the Discos would like to encourage all parties interested in the growth and success of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry to constantly and diligently verify their information.
FG Assures Nigerians of Uninterrupted Power Supply-Jedy Agba
FG Assures Nigerians of Uninterrupted Power Supply-Jedy Agba The Minister of State Power, Mr. Goddy Jedy- Agba (OFR) has reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to develop the power sector. Speaking on Monday when the Royal Norwegian Ambassador, Jens – Peter Kjemprud paid him a courtesy visit in his office, Agba said Norway has great potentials in the power sector that is beneficial to Nigeria, and can help in the developmental process of the country’s electricity industry, pointing out that the policy direction of the present administration is targeted at revamping the electricity sector and increase power supply to Nigerians. The Minister further stated that the visit afforded them the opportunity to explore areas of mutual benefits and create room for investors to come into the Nigerian electricity market. On his part, the Royal Norwegian Ambassador said they have comparative advantage in hydro, as such, they are looking for opportunities to share their experiences and give necessary support to other countries. “We have a long history of generating power electricity. In fact we do 99 percent from hydro power. Norway is a highly industrial nation. And we built our industries from the fact that we first of all looked at our hydro power sector to supply the industries with cheap, efficient and stable power”.
Kaduna Electric celebrates Nigeria at 59
The Managing Director of Kaduna Electric, Engr. Garba Haruna, has felicitated with Nigerians on the occasion of the nation’s 59th Independence Anniversary. He said after 59 years of Independence, Nigeria has a lot to celebrate in spite of a few challenges it is still grappling with. Engr. Haruna who stated this in a statement issued in Kaduna said Nigerians should embrace the nation’s diversity which if harnessed is a source of strength that can propel the nation to greatness. He said the nation’s rich human and material resources must also be put to use in the interest of the nation and urged Nigerians to shun corrupt practices describing it as the bane of the nation’s sustainable growth and development. The managing director commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts in infrastructural development saying such initiative will lay the foundations for the nation’s industrial growth. He also welcomed the giant strides being made by the government in the power sector and urged all stakeholders to work together to make Nigeria an energy sufficient nation. He added that on its part, Kaduna Electric will continue to key into the government’s developmental agenda particularly in the area of power distribution in order for it to achieve its objectives.
Ikeja Electric’s Estimated Thieving And Corrupt Staff By ‘Fisayo Soyombo
In August 2018, one month after I ‘moved’ into a rented apartment, Ikeja Electric sent me a power consumption bill in excess of N22,000. This was daylight robbery; I knew there was no chance I’d consumed a quarter of that — because even though the house was mine, it also wasn’t. What Ikeja Electric didn’t know was that it was my decoy house. Due to the risks associated with my job, I needed a full-fledged decoy residence — a house that would be known as mine but one where I could rarely be found. I ended up settling for a three-bedroom flat in Mende, Maryland, but I never really used a tenth of the available space because, in practice, I lived elsewhere. Two rooms remained empty while one, other than a mattress and a condemned AC, contained odds and ends. The sitting room was empty, too, save for a television I hadn’t switched on in nearly two years. In all, the only two power-consuming appliances in the house were a small-sized fan and a standing fridge. Again, I rarely lived there. Often times I was away for weeks; and when I showed up, it was only for a few hours during the day or to pass the night, then disappear again for weeks. Just minimal appearances to keep the house habitable. How, then, could I have consumed N22,000 worth of electricity?
Nigeria at 59: A peep into power sector
Power generation is considered one of the key parameters used in measuring the extent of development of any nation even as research has shown a correlation between electricity consumption and Gross Domestic Product. International Energy Agency notes that while many of the developed countries have attained 100 per cent electrification access, scores of developing nations, particularly those in sub-Saharan Africa, including Nigeria that is 59 years old as a nation, are characterised by poor reliability on the power supply. In a move to attain uninterrupted power supply in the country, the Federal Government privitised the power sector in 2013 by which the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) ceased to exist. Six years after, Nigerians expect that power generation, transmission, and distribution would significantly improve after the privatisation. Concerned citizens, however, express concern that the sector is in a state of uncertainty in spite of leaving the control of generation and distribution in the hands of private investors to ensure adequate, regular and stable electricity supply. Indeed, to most stakeholders, challenges besetting the sector appear to have been compounded more than they were when the government-controlled the industry.
We Now Receive 100% Remittance From DisCos ― TCN MD
THE Transmission Company of Nigeria(TCN) has said that it now receives 100 percent remittance of the Market Operators invoice from the Electricity Distribution Companies(DisCos) since it began the enforcement of the market rule. It stated that since privatization of the power sector in 2013, the remittance was less than 45 percent monthly from the DisCos. The Company’s Managing Director(MD) Mr.Usman Muhammed made the disclosure at stakeholders, donor meeting in Abuja. According to him, the Market Operations sector of the TCN is empowered by the Market rules to enforce compliance with the rules by all participants, hence the steps by the Company to strictly enforce the rules. “Since the handover of the privatized companies on 31st October 2013, the market has been characterised by low compliance with various provisions o industry ruling documents leading to unsatisfactory market performance. “The current management took the decision to strongly support and encouragement to me MO to enforce relevant provisions of the market rules with a view to instilling discipline in the market.
IKEDC: Unlikely Customer Service Champion? Or How To Make Smart People Shallow, Lazy and Irresponsible
“Up NEPA!” A phrase that I find more repulsive than ironic. I felt the rage right from when I was a boy trying to watch “Voltron: The Defender of the Universe” knowing fully well that even Voltron could not defend himself against a blackout. Yes, NEPA would strike. It could be for hours, days, weeks, months, years. You name it; people have experienced it. There is a history of power black-outs and power problems that have become more of the culture than a disappointment. It’s expected. Most people have had very bad experiences with the utility company and its affiliates, both staff and contractors. But, I have been experiencing something somewhat unexpected. I have been observing something for a few years now. I am beginning to experience good service from IKEDC which still takes me aback. Just so we are clear, I am the archetypical irate customer. I storm in, grimace and get ready to yell and argue to try my problem solved so I can go away. This is not a successful approach but here we are. I scream at customer service advisers and their managers and ask for as much concessions and compensations as possible usually to no avail. But, for more than two years my experience with IKEDC has been surprisingly pleasant and impressive.
Insecurity: FCDA Expresses Worry Over Epileptic Power Supply
The executive secretary, Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Engr. Umar Gambo Jibrin, has expressed worry on the epileptic power supply in parts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), which he noted, has led to insecurity of lives and properties, especially along the Airport and Kubwa expressways. Speaking during a meeting with critical stakeholders, Jibrin called for synergy to restore the confidence which government and people reposed in them, by ensuring a remarkable improvement in the current power supply, as well as efficient and effective streetlights in the city. The executive secretary revealed that the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) would soon provide additional transformers and replace all aging components of the existing ones for better power supply. He called on the Transition Company of Nigeria (TCN) and the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) to consider severing all connections responsible for power tripping, as well as explore the possibility of a dedicated power line to the Airport Road Expressway.
BEDC to roll out 190,000 meters in two years in Edo
As part of efforts to curb wrong and estimated billing, the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) said it is rolling out 190,000 meters for its customers in Edo state in the next two years. BEDC Executive Director, Commercial, Abu Ejoor, disclosed this in Benin during the media launch of Edo state Meter Asset Provider (MAP) scheme on Monday. He said within two years, a cumulative average of about 10,000 units would be provided monthly by BEDC in designated areas within the state. “In Edo state, we are taking off in two major locations and the area to be covered are Government Reservation Areas to Ihama road in Edo South Senatorial district and Okpella town in Auchi in Edo North Senatorial district. “MAP will carry out meters rollout in the areas location by location, route by route and street by street,” he said. On how to acquire the meter, he said, customers are required to complete the customers data and survey form, after which MAP officials will assess the customers’ premises in readiness for metering, just as the customer would be advised on how to pay for the meter whether single or three phase.
Power sector’s liquidity crisis worsens
The liquidity crisis rocking the power industry in Nigeria has worsened, as the N435.7 billion revenue under-recovery in the value chain hunts the sector. Investors in the distribution stratum of the chain, who unanimously said this last weekend, maintained that the investment deficit being suffered by the sector was buoyed by the ceiling slammed on the DisCos by government. This came as the Head, Energy Reserch, FBNQuest Merchant Bank, Rolake Akinkugbe-Filani, declared that the crisis in the power sector is a major impediment to the free flow of credit facilities from banks and other lenders to the sector. “We have not come across one example of successful industrialisation without access to regular and adequate power supply,” she said during a session at the Power Nigeria conference in Lagos.
‘N1.6tr shortfall caused power crisis’
Electricity distribution companies (DisCos) at the weekend blamed the woes in the power sector on N1.6 trillion shortfall. segment of the value chain of causing the challenges in the sector. According to him, the shortfall accumulated over a period of time. “The entire sector is battling a shortfall of N1.6 trillion, which represents the revenues that are supposed to have come to the operators in the value chain namely the power generation companies (GenCos), energy distribution firms and others. “Of the three key stakeholders in the sector, DisCos operate as the collectors of the funds or money in the sector.I disagree with figures that are not true, but are being bandied about in the sector because they are not true,” he said. The Federal Government had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Siemens, a German firm, to produce 25, 000 megawatts (Mw) for the country, over a period.
September 29, 2019
11 months without light, courtesy Ikeja Electric
Come October 29, it would be one year (less about three weeks) since I have been without public power supply, courtesy of Ikeja Electric (IE). Indeed, I am preparing to celebrate the first anniversary later next month, because, in our kind of country, that is a feat. I have been supplying my own electricity for about eight hours a day without any hitch; three hours in the afternoon and five at night. It is no doubt expensive, but it is worth it; especially for one who has a point to prove. I had earlier reported when I was denied power supply for seven months, from October 2018 to June 1, 2019. The matter had gone to the NERC Forum and even beyond. When hope appeared to be in sight, then another impediment! Ikeja Electric threw my area in Pleasure, Lagos, into darkness. We have been having issues with the distribution company (DisC0) since June 30 when we were disconnected from the transformer.
Why Nigeria’s Northwest States are in darkness
Electricity supply in most states in the North west has remained unstable, affecting businesses and economic activities, and leading to protests by consumers in some states. Two companies are responsible for power distribution in the seven states in the zone, and both are blaming the Federal Government and customers for the low level of supply. Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company holds the franchise for Kaduna, Zamfara, Kebbi and Sokoto states, while Kano Electricity Distribution Company is supplying power to Katsina, Jigawa and Kano states. The low level supply of power led to violent protests in Birnin Kebbi in August after the supply dropped significantly from about 22 hours daily to under six hours. However, various respondents, in a survey conducted by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), say there is a fundamental problem with power supply, distribution and payment of electricity bills in the zone.
Asset sale: FG to raise N1.07tn to fund budgets
The Federal Government is planning to raise about N1.07tn from the sale of property and businesses in the next three years to shore up dwindling revenues. The money, according to investigations by Sunday PUNCH, will be used to partly fund the 2020, 2021 and 2022 budgets. This is just as government battles overwhelming domestic and foreign debts as it seeks funds to implement its budgets. The Federal Government disclosed the plan to sell the assets in the 2020-2022 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper being worked on by the Senate Committees on Appropriation and Finance. According to the plan, the Federal Government plans to raise N252bn from privatisation proceeds in 2020.
By 2021, the proceeds expected from privatisation will go up to N296.35bn.
September 28, 2019
N270bn debt: Reset Discos’ books, TCN tells NERC
The Transmission Company of Nigeria has asked the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission to reset the books of power distribution companies in order to help clear the N270bn debt which the Discos owe the TCN. The TCN also declared on Friday in Abuja that it now had capacity to offset the $1.6bn loans it received from various multilateral donors. Managing Director of the company, Usman Mohammed, disclosed these at a TCN and donor stakeholders’ meeting. He said, “We ask that the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission should agree to reset the books of the Discos. They (Discos) owe the TCN N270bn. But is it possible to collect that money? NERC is supposed to also provide tariff that is cost-reflective.” Mohammed also said the TCN had signed an agreement with the Federal Ministry of Finance to pay back the $1.6bn loans to the multilateral donors.
Consumers demand stable electricity from DisCos, GenCos
Electricity consumers across Nigeria have called on Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos), Generating Companies (GenCos) and stakeholders in the power sector to ensure that Nigerians enjoy stable electricity. Speaking during a Power Sector stakeholders and consumers summit held in Lagos, which was organised by the All Electricity Consumer Protection Forum, the electricity consumers expressed their displeasure with high estimated billings by DisCos. The National Coordinator of All Electricity Consumer Protection Forum, Adeola Samuel-Ilori, while delivering his address said the purpose of the summit is to bridge the communication gap among the stakeholders and consumers in the power sector. He said: “Electricity is not a privilege for any Nigerian but it is a right. Therefore if it is a right, then part of the rights we are entitled to must be fulfilled.
Averting dry season fire outbreaks
From Lagos to Jos, Kano to Onitsha, it’s been gory tales of fire outbreaks ravaging Nigerian hence the need for proactive measures to avert the menace in the country especially as the dry season approaches, KEHINDE OSASONA writes. In 2017 alone, statistics reeled out by the Lagos State Fire Service indicated that not less than 1,273 fire calls were received by the service.
Similarly, Kano state Fire Service in that same year, recorded 660 fire outbreaks with not less than 123 lives being lost as well as property worth millions. While there are no accurate figures to quantify the economic losses as result of fire outbreaks, Fire Disaster Prevention and Safety Awareness Association of Nigeria has said the country has lost billion of naira and millions of lives to fire disasters. The association explained further that the incessant fire outbreaks has equally cost the national economy about N6 trillion between 2012 and 2017.
It’s ‘CRAZY BILLING’ or LIGHTS OUT
SALIU Adekunle’s day starts and ends in a sputter of smoke. His generator’s loud hiss and steel clang mix with fume to signal the commencement of work and his departure from his steel forge, everyday. The factory, carved from his backyard, doubles as an apprenticeship workshop behind his two-bedroom bungalow. The welder has learnt to put his trust in alternative power supply; due to persistent power failure and an outrageous estimated billing system by the Ikeja Electric Distribution Company (IKEDC), Adekunle acquired two big generators to power his implements. “I spend approximately N6, 000 on generator fuel everyday. One runs on diesel and the other runs on petrol. Yet at the end of the month, IKEDC brings me a bill of N42, 000. I wonder how they arrive at such figure.
September 27, 2019
Experts Emphasize Need for Adequate Financing of the Power Sector
Experts have highlighted the need for adequate financing of the energy sector in Nigeria. This emphasis was made at the 2019 Power Nigeria Exhibition and Conference which held at the Landmark Centre Lagos. The 2019 Power Nigeria Exhibition and Conference, the largest power event serving West African utility, commercial, industrial and key-end user markets brought together experts from the financial sectors including, the Central Bank of Nigeria, FBNQuest Merchant Bank and Nigeria Infrastructure Debt Fund to discuss collaborative strategies to close the financial gap in the Power sector. The experts shed light on the reforms needed in the energy sector to attain its full potential and yield returns on investments. They also discussed how lack of access to capital is hindering the electricity sector.
TCN expanding transmission infrastructure through massive investment – MD
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), says it is expanding the nation’s electricity transmission infrastructure through massive investment that would stabilise the grid for optimum performance. The company’s Managing Director, Usman Mohammed disclosed this on Friday in Abuja at the company’s meeting with donors and stakeholders. Usman explained that it was to achieve a robust national grid that TCN established the Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme (TREP), in 2017. “To achieve the development objective of TREP, TCN is successfully implementing a four-point strategy which include system frequency control, procurement of adequate spinning reserve, provision of functional Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), and Critical Investment in Lines and Sub Stations.
FG approves N600bn facility for power sector
The Federal Government has approved a N600billion assurance facility for the power sector until June, 2020. The amount, which is contained in the 2020 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper (MTEF/FSP), is as a result of the failure of the Power Sector Recovery Programme (PSRP). The document added that additionally, an accountability framework has been finalised by the federal government which will guide the drawdown of a $2billion World Bank Facility to support the implementation of the PSRP over the Medium Term.
The document said the federal government may consider a Tariff review over the medium term, subject to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) review of the Multi-Year Tariff Order (MYTO).
September 26, 2019
EEDC commences repairs of vandalised equipment at Enugu GRA
The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) has commenced repairs of vandalised equipment at the Enugu Government Reserve Area (GRA). The Head of Communications of EEDC, Mr Emeka Ezeh, disclosed this to Nigeria News Agency in Enugu on Thursday. He said that the unfortunate incidence threw the area into a week long blackout. reports that area affected includes some parts of Golf Estate in GRA; Omeje Street, neigbourhoods in Choice Hotel down to Holy Spirit roundabout. “EEDC is aware of the situation and is doing everything possible to replace the vandalised components of the transformer and restore power supply to customers. “The affected customers are served by Golf-2 transformer, which was vandalised about a week ago, and there are procedures that need to be observed before we can replace and restore any vandalised transformer.
Akwa Grid records 100 system collapses despite $1.6bn intervention
threatens to dump Port Harcourt Disco, slams FG
Akwa Ibom State Government on Wednesday said it would pull out of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company as soon as it establishes it own electricity transmission company.
Governor Udom Emmanuel stated this at a press conference in Uyo. He said the state had invested so much in PHED by building sub-power stations, injection stations and providing other electricity facilities without getting a commensurate value in terms of power supply. Emmanuel accused the Federal Government of not paying the state for the power it was generating and supplying to the national grid, adding that the Ibom Power Company had been supplying 115 megawatts of power to the national grid. The governor said, “Akwa Ibom State is one state that has invested in power than even what the Federal Government has put into any state.
Grid records 100 system collapses despite $1.6bn intervention
Power distribution companies have said that the country’s electricity grid has suffered nine system collapses this year and over 100 of such cases since the sector was privatised. According to them, the system collapse has continued to occur despite the $1.6bn local and international intervention fund to the Transmission Company of Nigeria, the manager of Nigeria’s power grid.
The Discos also flayed the TCN over its alleged analogue system that had caused inefficiency and 5,311 interface disruptions in one Disco in the first 18 days of this month. Speaking on behalf of the power distributors under their umbrella body, Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors, which represents 10 Discos, except Yola Disco, the Executive Director, Research and Advocacy, ANEDs, Sunday Oduntan, said recently that the TCN still had a lot to do.
Abuja Disco’s commissioner gets global appointment
The Chief Financial Officer, Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, Ije Okeke, has been appointed commissioner by the Global Commission for the eradication of energy poverty under the management of the United States-based Rockefeller Foundation. Okeke’s appointment was to support the drive by the global body to end the lack of access to electricity for almost a billion people across the world, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. The foundation described the lack of power by millions of people across the world as one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. A statement from the AEDC said the commission is co-chaired by a Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems MIT, and former US Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz; President of the Rockefeller Foundation and former USAID Administrator, Rajiv Shah; and Africa Development Bank President, Akinwunmi Adesina.
FCCPC boss cautions KEDCO over extortion
Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), has urged Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) to stop extorting electricity consumers in the state. The Commission’s Executive Director, Mr. Babatunde Irukera disclosed this on Wednesday during a town hall meeting between consumers, electricity distribution company and stakeholders at BMC Event Centre in Dawakin Dakata in Kano. According to him, electricity has continued to be a contentious issue between providers and consumers in Nigeria. “The estimated billing should be reasonable. They should stop extorting consumers. “Its a priority for this Commission to address this issue. The key issue remains estimated billing, slow rate of metering, consumer having to purchase assets belonging to the Distribution Company, among others.
September 25, 2019
FCCPC boss cautions KEDCO over extortion
Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), has urged Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) to stop extorting electricity consumers in the state. The Commission’s Executive Director, Mr. Babatunde Irukera disclosed this on Wednesday during a town hall meeting between consumers, electricity distribution company and stakeholders at BMC Event Centre in Dawakin Dakata in Kano. According to him, electricity has continued to be a contentious issue between providers and consumers in Nigeria. “The estimated billing should be reasonable. They should stop extorting consumers. “Its a priority for this Commission to address this issue. The key issue remains estimated billing, slow rate of metering, consumer having to purchase assets belonging to the Distribution Company, among others.
Nigeria presents unlimited investment opportunities in energy
Nigeria is taking ownership of its power deficit and is taking charge of its energy future. The new initiatives by the Government present unlimited opportunities for stakeholders across the entire power sector value chain, including metering, billing and revenue collection, technology and service providers, financiers, manufacturers and suppliers across the sector. In short, watch this space: Nigeria is positioning itself as an investment destination for the power sector. We’re excited.” Future Energy Nigeria’s business development director, Ade Yesufu.“
The upcoming conference and exhibition in Lagos in November will present solutions for the power sector and connect power and energy professionals working together to advance a sustainable energy economy.
‘Why power generation is low’
Though gas shortage is the main problem of electricity generation firms, experts say other challenges, such as the rising debts profile of the power firms, gas price and transmission bottlenecks, are also threatening the sector, writes AKINOLA AJIBADE THE power sector is in dire straits. With a population of close to 200 million people, experts say the country needs between 50,000 megawatts (mw) and 60,000 Mw of electricity to survive. Although the industry has an installed generation capacity of 12,962mw, it generates 7,562 mw, of which only 5,375mw is available for transmission. Generating companies (GenCos) do not have the incentive to increase their capacity, because the country’s capacity for transmission is limited to about 8,100mw. In all these, the country relies on two energy sources, gas-fired and hydro power plants for survival, while its off-grid electricity segment is still at the infancy stage.
Kano Electric Meets Customers, Stakeholders On Performance Improvement Plan, Warns Energy Thieves
In line with determination to serve its teaming customers in Kano, Katsina and Jigawa states, Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) is planning to interact with customers and stakeholders in the power sector on improvement and better services in the next five years. This was announced in a press release signed by the company’s Head of Corporate Communications, Malam Ibrahim Sani Shawai and issued to New Nigerian in Kano. The statement further said that the interactive session was aimed at getting opinions and comments of the stakeholders and customers as their input on how to make things straight forward in the company’s catchment areas. In another press statement, Malam Shawai stated that KEDCO has strenghtened its legal unit and is well equipped to investigate and procecute energy thieves that vandalize and make illegal connection, meter bypass and other related offences.
- LASPOTECH, Ikeja electricity sign MoU on mini power substation Published on March 2nd 2018
The management of the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Ikorodu, Lagos, yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC) for the establishment of a mini-power station on Ikorodu main campus of the institution. This is as the Rector, Mr. Samuel Oluyinka Sogunro said that the agreement would go a long way in tackling challenges of power outage confronting the polytechnic over the years. Besides, he said that the polytechnic had embarked on large scale farming of cassava for the production of cassava flour and industrial starch as well as other farm produce in commercial quantity to boost the institution’s in-come generation. […]
- Eko Disco Explains Outage In Mushin Community Published on March 1 2018
The management of Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) on Thursday attributed the outage in Mushin Community in Lagos and its environs to a fault in its Idi-Araba 11kv transformer feeders. The General Manager, Corporate Communications, EKEDC, Mr Godwin Idemudia, said in Lagos that the outage had affected 75 per cent of the company’s consumers supplied from the feeders. Idemudia said the fault had been located and the company’s technical team was already working hard to find a solution to it. The general manager assured the residents that electricity supply would be restored to the affected communities after the repair.[…]
- Abuja DISCO requires $150m to meter customers in franchise areas – MD Published on March 1 2018
Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) says about 150 million dollars is required to finance metering of electricity customers in its coverage areas of Kogi, Niger, Nasarawa and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). AEDC’s Managing Director, Mr. Ernest Mupwaya, said this while making a presentation to House Committee on Privatization, who was on oversight visit to the company. Mupwaya said the huge cost of metering was one of the challenges to mass metering of all the customers. He, however, said the company had a target of installing 120,000 meters yearly, adding that 146,000 meters had been installed so far. He told the house committee members that AEDC was in the final process of procuring another 320,000 meters to accelerate metering of residential customers.[…]
- Power outage: FG seeks AfDB’s support for distribution network expansionPublished on October 24 2017
AS the nation continues to grapple with epileptic electricity supply, the Federal Government has made passionate appeal to the management of African Development Bank, AfDB, to assist in expanding its power distribution network. The Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Mustapha Baba Shehuri made the appeal at a meeting between officials of the Ministry and AfDB in Abuja. File photo: Blackout The minister noted that with support of the AfDB and other development partners, generation and transmission capacities in the country has increased to an all-time high of 7,001MW and 6, 800MW respectively. Shehuri, therefore, added that the only area that needs more attention from the Development Partners is that of expansion of distribution network. […]
- TCN: Nigeria’s Distribution Network Below Universal StandardPublished on October 24 2017
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has disclosed that in line with standard operational practices in the global power market, Nigeria’s electricity network was still far below the marks. It said while transmission networks are usually expected to be twice a country’s generation capacity, the distribution networks are in turn expected to be twice the capacity of the transmission, but at the moment, the distribution network has remained the lowest in terms of capacity in the value chain. TCN’s interim Managing Director, Mr. Usman Mohammed, stated this in an interview with journalists at the 20th edition of the monthly power sector operators’ meeting in Owerri, Imo state. He said ideally, the distribution network should have the capacity to take up to 28,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity. […]
- Enugu disco cautions banks against forged electricity billPublished on October 23 2017
The management of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) has cautioned banks and other related institutions to very electricity bills tender for opening accounts purposes. Head of Communications, Emeka Ezeh, says staff of EEDC whose names and phone numbers appear on the electricity bills for ease of customer engagement, are embarrassed as a result of some consumers’ fraudulent activities. Eze appeal to banks to be cautious and ensure they carry out extensive check and verification of any EEDC electricity bill tendered for account opening purpose as proof of address.[…]
- Senate Committee holds interactive session on PowerPublished on October 23 2017
The Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy had an interactive session with the Rural Electrification Agency (REA)Management, Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET) Management, National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) Management and Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) Management. Senate chamber The Chairman of the Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe led the opening prayer at 12:58pm. Other Senators present at the meeting were Senator Aliyu Sabi, Senator Lanre Tejuoso, Senator Ahmed Ogembe, Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi, Senator Ben Murray Bruce and Senator Mustapha Bukar.[…]
- Nigeria: ‘Nigeria Needs $15.6 Billion in Three Years to Tackle Energy Deficiency’Published on October 23 2017
The President of the Nigerian Association for Energy Economics (NAEE), Prof. Wumi Iledare, has disclosed that about $15.6billion would be required to provide stable electricity in the country. He made the disclosure yesterday in Abuja, at the 2017 World Energy Day. According to him, the Federal Government and the private sector could mobilize the resources, if the right policies are put in place. Iledare also canvassed the revival of the oil and gas sectors to actualize the dream. The NAEE president urged support for both state and local councils to participate in the power sector development, through the provision of an enabling framework. The association lamented the inability of Nigeria to turn her huge renewable and non-renewable energy potential into realized dream to support rapid economic growth, job creation and poverty reduction. […]
- Policeman breaks electricity worker’s leg for disconnecting ex-IG’s housePublished on October 23 2017
A worker with the Eko Electricity Distribution Company, Dele Ogundele, has been hospitalised after he was allegedly brutalised by a police sergeant attached to a house reportedly owned by a former Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar. PUNCH Metro learnt that the mobile policeman, Attah Aninoko, on Thursday dragged down Ogundele from an electric pole opposite the house and beat him up for disconnecting power to the house of the former IG. Ogundele’s leg was allegedly broken by the sergeant, who was reported to have boasted that “nothing will happen.” […]
- Jos Disco Threatens Court Action Against Energy ThievesPublished on October 22 2017
Jos Electricity Distribution Company Plc, has threatened to prosecute consumers engaged in the habit of bypassing meters, describing them as energy thieves who want to consume energy without paying for it, and should be prosecuted in accordance with the law. Managing Director of the company, Alhaji Gidado Modibo, who stated this yesterday at a press conference in Jos, also disclosed that the company has commenced mass metering of its customers in all the four states within its area of coverage (Plateau, Bauchi, Gombe and Benue), adding that “we have already installed about 26,000 of them, and we aim to install another 40,000 in the next week.” […]
- Lagos Communities Decry Power Outage Published on October 22 2017
Some residents of Aguda, Surulere, and Orile/Iganmu in Lagos State on Sunday decried two weeks blackout in their communities which, they said, had caused food wastage and sleeplessness. The residents in Lagos that the power outage had paralysed commercial activities and made life difficult. The Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) is in charge of electricity supply to the communities. Mr Tunde Adeleke, a resident of No. 93, Adetola St., Aguda, said: “The outage has paralyzed commercial and domestic activities in the area. “It has led to wastage as foods are being thrown away because we can’t preserve them again; they have rotten in fridges. “The area is used to one or two-day outage but now, it is becoming unbearable; the management of EKEDC should help us.’’ […]
- Jos Disco sacks 500 workers, 15 electricity thieves jailed Published on October 22 2017
No fewer than 15 persons have been prosecuted by the Jos Electricity Distribution Company for bypassing meters and vandalizing electricity transformers in Benue, Plateau, Bauchi and Gombe states, its Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mohammed Gidado, has said. The 15 electricity thieves were all convicted, he added. Gidado also announced the disengagement of over 500 workers of the Disco due to declining productivity, fraudulent activities and other factors. According to him, JED has commenced mass metering of customers in all its areas of coverage and has engaged over 4,000 new employees to inject vibrancy into the system. He said these in Jos on Thursday, where he also warned that any customer found stealing electricity or bypassing the meters would be prosecuted in accordance with the law. […]
- Fire disaster: Engineers blame incident on poor regulation Published on October 21 2017
The Nigerian Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers has blamed frequent fire incidents in buildings to faulty electrical installation in the country. The institution which is a division of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, said unregulated practice in power sector has given quacks the courage to tamper with electrical installation abysmally. The chairman of the institution, Eket chapter, Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Thompson Manam, said on Thursday that the NIEEE is seeking regulations to prevent quacks from practicing and to save homes from further fire disasters. […]
- 15 jailed for bypassing meters Published on October 20 2017
The Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC) has said 15 people have been sent to jail over metre bypass and illegal connection.The company said the 15 convicted people committed their offences in Bauchi, Benue, Plateau and Gombe where the company has its customer base.The JEDC Managing Director, Mohammed Gidado Modibbo, while responding to questions from journalists in Jos, also said that tempering with metres is an economic sabotage and a criminal offence. […]
- Solar power: FG attracts investors with pioneer status Published on October 20 2017
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has said investors can now manufacture solar systems in the country following the recent review of the pioneer status incentive. Fashola stated this in Lagos on Thursday at the launch of the book, entitled ‘Solar Electricity Generation for Off-grid Communities in Nigeria,’ written by the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Eko Electricity Distribution Company, Dr. Oladele Amoda. He said solar power had become the new energy and the energy for tomorrow, affirming the Federal Government’s commitment to encouraging investors in the solar space. […]