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FG slams Discos over blackout despite 65% subsidy 

The Federal Government has warned that henceforth power distribution companies that reject electricity allocated to them by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) shall be severely sanctioned. 


It added that power generation and supply would be ramped up to between 6,000 and 6,500 megawatts in the next three to six months.




Chief Adebayo Adelabu, the Minister of Power, disclosed before a meeting with his team in Abuja that the Federal Government was subsidising the electricity bills of consumers nationwide by about 65 per cent.





“I am holding this meeting with all the directors in the Ministry of Power and the CEOs of our agencies in order to address the lingering crisis in the power sector,”


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The minister lamented the poor state of power supply in the country, saying it is unacceptable.




He added: “The situation is getting worse, and in the last two, three weeks the level of power supply to Nigerians has not been good enough.





“We must address the issues of distribution, and I’ve said before now that the non-performance of Discos in terms of epileptic power supply qualifies as a basis for the revocation of licence.




“Any Disco that is found wanting will be severely dealt with; I’ve had discussions with the chairman of NERC. Their (Discos) actions or inactions directly affect the performance of the sector, and we must take it seriously.


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“If we ramp up generation to 6,000MW as planned in three to six months, and ramp up our infrastructure in transmission to get power to the Discos within the next couple of days, if the Discos are not picking this power, it amounts to nothing.




“So the refusal to take up and supply power by the Discos is a qualified basis for the revocation of licence. Therefore the Discos should not frustrate our efforts in generation and transmission.




“We should not be toothless bulldogs, barking and barking without biting. We should bite, for by the time we sanction two, three Discos heavily, others will sit up, and it will serve as a deterrent to others that we mean business.





“Their actions and inactions are causing us damage as a country. So, they must know that it is no longer business as usual. We should have performance information, for example, last week, a number of the Discos did not pick up the power provided by TCN, throwing a number of communities into darkness.”