Fashola scolds DisCos, says poor remittance nearly collapsed sector

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has scolded the Distribution Companies (DisCos) saying their poor remittance nearly collapsed power generation before the N701.9 billion intervention fund from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Fashola said this on Monday at the 15th monthly meeting of power sector operators at the National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP) facility in Jos Plateau state.

He said: “The N701.9bn intervention fund is consistent with Government’s policy and determination to enable businesses flourish, and it was intended to save the Generation Companies (GenCos), the gas companies and their financiers who were providing service, from collapse.”

The Daily Trust reports that the CBN fund would be managed by the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET) to bridge GenCos’ liquidity issues from January 2017 to 2019 to ensure more gas supply and steady power generation.

The minister also read the riot act to the DisCos over their views on government’s centralisation of market accounts, among other issues.

He said, “Your statement did not tell members of the public that these companies were not getting paid because you were not remitting all of what you should remit to NBET and the market operator, admittedly because of reasons that are partly and not partly your fault.”

Fashola said centralisation of DisCos’ revenues was part of “attempts to make regulations to guide the pricing of your procurement” and not an intrusion into their business.

He also accused DisCos of buying spare parts at inflated contracts saying the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) will soon sanction the erring firms. DAILYTRUST.M

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