Discos blame FG for rejection of allocated electricity

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The electricity distribution companies have blamed the Federal Government for their rejection of loads allocated to them, a situation that is worsening the poor power supply in the country, The Guardian reports.

Essentially, the Discos through the Association of Nigeria Electricity Distributors (ANED) and its Director of Research and Advocacy, Sunday Olurotimi Oduntan, alleged that the government reneged on all pre-privatisation agreements, making it difficult for them to deliver efficient services. The implications are that until the Federal Government fulfills its part of the pre-privatisation agreements with stakeholders in the power sector, including increasing electricity tariff, and the Discos invest and expand their distribution network for efficient service delivery, reliable power supply will continue to elude Nigerians.

The Executive Secretary of the Association of Power Generation Companies (APGC), Dr. Joy Ogaji, said that even though Gencos have power generation capacity of 12,500 mw per day and with expansion capacity of doubling it, the TCN and Discos have ill-equipped infrastructure to evacuate and distribute the generated power. According to her, TCN is ill-equipped to evacuate generated power just as the Discos are incapable of distributing the meagre power wheeled to them.