A civil society coalition, Coalition for Revolution, on Thursday called on the Federal Government to review the privatization of the power sector, in view of what it called the failures of the operators. The Coordinator, Prince Rilwan Ojora, made the call while speaking with newsmen in Lagos. He said that power supply had worsened since the sector was privatized in 2013, as new owners of power assets had not added any value to the sector. Ojora said that the various power distribution companies (Discos) and generating companies (GENCOS) were billing consumers without delivering service.
He said it was high time the government stopped listening to excuses of private power companies for not delivering service, calling for the revocation of their licences and ”re-nationalization” of the sector. “Privatization of the power sector to suit the whims of vicious Discos and Gencos has no doubt complicated power problems. “And these problems within the past few years have assumed ridiculous turn of embarrassing magnitude. “Far more than ever, the distribution companies have not only failed to provide electricity, they have taken it as a priority to harass Nigerians with crazy and estimated bills.
“Most houses today are without electricity meters; and this is a conscious attempt to bill consumers for product not consumed. “It is no wonder you find as common phenomenon a situation where an individual who pays N5,000 as monthly rent receives an electricity bill of N20,000, even when he barely enjoys the service of electricity.” Ojora said that the country had not really added more megawatts since the power firms took over from PHCN, the government-owner firm.