Improve on Service Delivery, BPE Urges DisCos

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The Acting Director- General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE),  Dr. Vincent Onome Akpotaire has urged the Electricity Distribution Companies ( DisCos) to improve on their servive delivery, so as to erase the general impression that the are not performing.

He challenged the owners of the successor companies of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) to think outside the box and make long- term investments to improve their plants’ network and infrastructure despite the seeming unfavourable operating environment in the country.

He enjoined the investors to approach local and international funding sources to improve on their operations so that when the environment stabilises, they would not be caught napping since their investment is in perpetuity.

IBPE’s Head, Public Communications,. Alex E. Okoh, said in a statement yesterday that BPE’s Acting Director-General gave the advice during the flag- off of the agency’s periodic post privatisation monitoring exercise at the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) in Ibadan. He reminded the DisCos  that they won the bid of their respective companies based on the Aggregate Technical Commercial and Collection (ATC&C) they submitted, saying they could only achieve  if they consciously expand and improve their network operation “because if the network is not improved and metering not aggressively pursued, you   cannot reduce technical and collection losses.”

Akpotaire pointed out that the impressive investments and progress the IBEDC has made, especially with the embedded generation project in collaboration with British America Tobacco (BAT), admonished that “it is still not enough because any investment you make is in perpetuity. You need to find answers to the liquidity challenge.

He informed owners of the IBEDC that the Vice President and Chairman  of the National Council  on Privatisation (NCP) , Professor Yemi Osinbajo and  the  Minister of Power, Works and Housing,Mr Babatunde Fashola, are  working assiduously  to ensure that the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) debts  were  paid as soon as possible and enjoined the power owners to work to  improve power efficiency  in view  of the  effort the government  is  making to get  electric power to  the people and  to get them pay for it. He said the general impression was that the Discos were   not performing.

Source: The Nation

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