The Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy, has disclosed that it has no plans to review power sector privatisation. Chairman of the committee, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, disclosed this at its meeting with representatives of Ikeja Electric Plc, led by the Chief Executive Officer, Dr Anthony Youdeowei.
Abaribe said: “Privatisation is a step in the right direction for developing the power sector, but the challenges make it seem the opposite.“We are aware that there are growing pains in terms of the privatisation, but our conviction is that we didn’t make a mistake in privatising these companies.”He explained that after listening to the Ikeja DISCO’s officials, they took note of the difficult situations under which they operate.
“Essentially, what Nigerians want from the privatisation is an improvement in the provision of power; if they are not seeing that, they have every right to ask questions,” he said. The Senate committee promised Nigerians that as custodians of the people, its responsibility is to find out the challenges and find a way to mitigate them for enhanced service delivery.
Why electricity consumers get estimated billings –NERC – Punch
NERC says the recurring complaints by its customers on estimated billing is due to low metering status in the sector. The NERC Consumer Affairs Commissioner, Dr Moses Arigu, made the remarks during the inauguration of Customer Complaints Forum Office on Sunday in Osogbo.
Arigu said the present metering gap in Ibadan Distribution Company alone was about one million when compared to its total customer size of over 1.6 million, representing 60 per cent deficit in metering.
According to him, between January and September, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company received 1,275 complaints from Osogbo and its environs, mostly on voltage and billing issues.
Arigu, however, said that NERC had introduced measures to accelerate metering through the Meter Asset Provider 2018 and also close monitoring of electricity distribution companies’ meter rollout plan.
KEDCO Assures Consumers Of Adequate Power Supply – The Guardian
KEDCO MD, Dr Jamilu Gwamna, has disclosed efforts to ensure adequate electricity supply to consumers in Kano, Jigawa and Katsina states, particularly at the yuletide.
Giving the assurance during KEDCO’s fifth anniversary, he stressed the commitment of the company to meet the energy needs of its customers in the region. The KEDCO boss said that more reforms were on the way for efficiency and growth in the power sector, which, according to him, is a driver of the economies of the three states.
He stated: “As the company matures with time, it will build more distribution networks and improve the billing system through the distribution of meters, which will snowball into improving the revenue collection for power consumed in the region.”
Gwamna listed power theft, vandalism and sabotage as major threats to energy distribution in KEDCO’s area of coverage, and therefore tasked the people to be vigilant and report such cases to the authorities.