Power Minister summons AEDC, IBEDC, TCN over worsening electricity supply

The Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, has summoned the Chief Executives of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) and Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) over the worsening power supply in their regions.

The minister also summoned the Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Engineer Sule Ahmed Abdulazeez, over the deteriorating power situation.

In a letter signed by the Director of Distribution Services at the Federal Ministry of Power, Engineer B.U Mustapha, the CEOs of these institutions were asked to attend a meeting called by the Minister in the coming week to discuss issues bothering worsening electricity supply in their regions to proffer a lasting solution.

A statement by the Special Adviser, Strategic Communications and Media Relations to the Minister, Bolaji Tunji, quoted Adelabu saying that the management of other non-performing DISCOs would also be queried over non-performance as reports continue to filter in on situations in their regions.

“These two DISCOs have been summoned due to the worsening power supply situation in their regions despite improved supply from TCN”, he said.

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.

“So, we expect power supply to have improved across the country, unlike what we are experiencing in some regions, presently. Findings revealed that some distribution companies were deliberately not taking up power supply from TCN while some power lines were also damaged by vandals in Abuja, Benin, PortHarcourt and Ibadan regions,” Adelabu said.

Going forward, the minister said the 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 to improve supply in the affected regions.

It will be recalled that the minister had embarked on supervisory visits to some of the power-generating plants in the last few months. He was in the Kainji hydropower plant which will soon embark on an expansion plan to boost the existing 560MW operational capacity.