Electricity: FG May Axe 11 Discos

…To Pay N736billion as Compensation

The Federal Government is considering repossession of 11 electricity distribution firms as one of the options to rescue the nation’s beleaguered electricity industry.

This is coming ahead of the scheduled final performance review of the private firms that bought into the distribution companies carved out from the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria.

However, document available to one of punch’s correspondents shows that the Federal Government would require up to $2.4bn (N736bn) to repossess the privatised distribution assets from the core investors if it finally takes the decision.

Giving clue that it could recover the assets from the core investors, the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing in a document sighted by one of punch’s corespondents has described the co-owners of the distribution companies as ‘failed investors.’

The distribution and generation companies carved out of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria were handed over to private investors on November 1, 2013, following the privatisation of the power sector by the President Goodluck Jonathan administration.

Me: It is an open secret that the DISCOs are not getting it. Power Generation is increasing but Distribution remains a problem. This is why we still have blackout in several places!

But we still remember who are the ones who bought those DISCOs. We know how they were bought!


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