1. Ikeja DisCo and Organised Labour in Row Over the Sack of 5 Workers
The National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE has issued an ultimatum to the Ikeja Distribution Company to reinstate the five workers that were earlier sacked. The management of the distribution company is insisting that the employment of the affected workers remained terminated, saying its contractual relationship with the affected workers had been disengaged effective August 17, 2017.
2. TCN To Address Interface Issues In Power Sector
The Transmission Company of Nigeria has appointed focal persons to engage the 11 distribution companies (DisCos). This is an effort to address interface issues at the distribution level of the electricity value chain. The Focal Persons are to liaise with DisCos daily as representatives of TCN on all DisCos/TCN interface issues, resolve the issues as soon as they occur.
3. FG Accuses DisCos of Under Remitting Revenue
The Federal Government has accused Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) of inability to collect and remit revenue in the power sector, currently threatened by huge revenue losses. A review of 2015- 2016 data on cash remittances from DISCOs to NBET shows that: (i) DISCOs have not made full payment for energy received since the transfer of management in 2013; and (ii) DISCOs have retained a lot more of collected revenues than allowed under MYTO. DISCOs have increasingly retained more of collected revenues in 2016 compared to 2015. In 2016, DisCos achieved a collection rate of 57 percent from their customers, and, on average, settled only 29 percent of invoices issued by NBET.
4. GenCos want NERC to capture stranded 2,000MW as available capacity
Two thousand megawatts of electricity generated into the national electricity grid is not distributed to consumers. This is because most of the Distribution Companies (DISCOs) do not have adequate distribution lines and distribution sub-stations. At a stakeholders meeting in Abuja, Mr. Louis Edozien, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing noted that much funds were needed to procure more distribution lines. He regretted that the DISCOs were a bit cash-strapped following most consumers’ inability to pay their electricity tariff.