A third quarter (Q3) operational performance rating of power distribution companies (Discos) in Nigeria by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has shown that six Discos including that serving the country’s federal capital territory – Abuja Disco, operated below 40% within the period, THISDAY reports.
The NERC’s performance rating showed that Abuja, Yola, Jos, Port Harcourt, Kano and Kaduna Discos, recorded respective weighted scores of 37, 34, 30, 30, 22, and 14% in their operations. They were assessed on the bases of their remittances to the market, progresses made in metering their consumers, efforts made to reduce their Aggregate Technical Commercial and Collection (ATC&C) loss levels, as well as quality of service and network improvements.
It said only Benin, Ikeja, Eko, Enugu and Ibadan Discos were able to score 40% and above in performance ratings. Collectively, NERC said all the 11 Discos had improved their collection efficiencies by two per cent from 58 to 60% between Q2 and Q3, but had not done so well with their remittances and metering programmes. It however said the improvements in collection efficiencies did not reflect correspondingly on the level of remittances to the market.