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Abuja Disco invests N19bn in distribution network – Punch Newspapers

Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja

The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company on Wednesday told lawmakers in the National Assembly that it had complied with the demands of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission to avert the cancellation of the Disco’s licence by the NERC.

AEDC also told the chairman and members of the House of Representatives Committee on Privatisation and Commercialisation that it had invested N19bn as capital expenditure on its distribution network.

The Managing Director, AEDC, Ernest Mupwaya, stated this while making a presentation and responding to questions from the lawmakers who were on oversight function at the headquarters of the Disco in Abuja.

AEDC supplies power to the Federal Capital Territory, Kogi, Nasarawa and Niger states and it revealed on Wednesday that it had made the required payments demanded by the NERC to avert the cancellation of its licence.

On November 6, 2019, The PUNCH exclusively reported that power distribution companies had till December 7, 2019 to submit their written responses, providing reasons why their licences should not be cancelled by the regulator.

The commission named the eight power firms as Abuja, Benin, Enugu, Ikeja, Kaduna, Kano, Port Harcourt and Yola Discos.

Responding to a question on what Abuja Disco had done concerning the impending sanction, Mupwaya said, “The latest position is that as AEDC, we have complied.

“We have repaid for all the four months according to the order. So, we are going to the next phase in order to move forward together. The long and short of the matter is that yes, we are about to cross that bridge.”

The Chairman of the House Committee, Timilehin Adelegbe, told the AEDC team that the legislators and Nigerians generally were not happy with the poor power situation witnessed nationwide.

He said, “Those who came up with the idea of privatising this sector will not believe that up till this moment, we will still be where we are currently. Nigerians don’t want to hear all these semantics by operators in the sector. What they want is adequate power.”

Adelegbe commended the AEDC for the achievements it had made and urged the management of the Disco to work harder to meet the yearnings of power consumers in its franchise areas.

Meanwhile, efforts to get the NERC to confirm the position of AEDC and give updates on its deadline to Discos were not successful, as it kept mute to enquiries.

Calls to the spokesperson of the commission, Usman Arabi, rang out and he was yet to respond to a text message enquiry as of the time of filing this report.

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