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Power crisis: FG accuses DisCos of refusing to take up power supply from TCN

The Federal Government has accused some electricity distribution companies (DisCos) of deliberately refusing to take up power supply from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) thereby contributing to the current power crisis.

This was made known by the Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, who according to a statement by his Special Adviser on Strategic Communication and Media Relations, Bolaji Tunji, expressed worry over the worsening power supply, and revealed plans by the Federal Government to query non-performing power distribution companies.

Adelabu had summoned the Chief Executives of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) and Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) over worsening power supply in their region. Also summoned over the deteriorating power situation is the Managing Director of TCN, Sule Ahmed Abdulazeez.

The minister was quoted as saying that the management of non-performing DisCos would be queried for non-performance or have their license revoked over non performance as reports continue to filter in on situation in their regions.

The statement partly reads,

According to the statement, gas shortage notwithstanding, the Ministry had been putting pressure on the Generating Companies (GENCOs) to improve performance and generation has been ramped up to over 4000MW in recent days.

Going forward, the Minister said focus would be on all the DISCOs to compel them to expected performance while, “wilful non- performance by any DISCO could suffice as a reason for severe punishment or outright license revocation”.

The Minister has also directed TCN to immediately commence repair works on the damaged transmission towers and power lines in order to improve supply in the affected regions.