The Permanent Secretary, Power, Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Louis Edozien, has applauded the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), for striving to remain well ahead of generation with the widespread ongoing nation – wide expansion of its network. The Permanent Secretary, Power, who represented the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, gave the indication when he chaired the 17 edition of the Power Sector Stakeholders’ Meeting, hosted by by the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) in Apo, Abuja FCT, on Monday, 10th of July 2017.
He urged stakeholders not to lose sight of the fact that the power sector forum was basically instituted to care for the interest of electricity consumers in the country, just as he underscored the need for each power provider to embrace the dictum that ‘the customer is king’ in all its commercial dealings. This, he noted, can be realised via effective customer service centres, customer helpdesks and prompt follow up on customers’ complaints.
Earlier, the MD/CEO of AEDC and host of the event, Mr. Ernest Mupwaya, welcomed the Honourable Minister’s representative and other participants to the FCT, saying that it was a privilege for AEDC to host the event. He lauded the Minister of Power, Works and Housing for his dexterity and laudable vision that is capable of transforming the nation’s electricity challenges.
The meeting was further informed of the payments of N701bn Assurance to GenCos for the month of January, while that of February is being processed to facilitate the operations of the GenCos. In the same light, the TCN’s Market Operator commended the Eko Distribution Company Plc., for paying 91% of its service charge.
A communiqué was issued at the end of the deliberations which highlighted the following exigencies:
- Improvement of interface issues between Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and the Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) with a view to ensuring that electricity generated is promptly delivered to the customers
- Clarification of sector policy with particular respect to the recent publicised mini- grid regulation, as enacted by the Regulator.
- Promotion of a power market to be anchored by bilateral agreements and the approval of the rights of eligible power customers which should not be perceived as threat.
- Update on Identified Projects:
- Ongoing construction of transmission line from Ihiala to Nnewi
- Electrification of Omotosho plant host community
- Electricity of Okija Community
- Provision of distribution transformers by Enugu DisCo
- Electrification of Magboro Community by NDPHC
- Testing of Work on evacuation infrastructure at Omotosho I Plant (Ikeja West) by TCN
- Reconnection of Ibaramu,Ikaram/Egedegede, Ikakumo, Auga, Ise communities by BEDC among others.
- Dispute resolutions mechanism for aggrieved customers with their power providers as in the under listed cases:
- Egbema Community vs Enugu DisCo, , Magboro community vs NDPHC, JED-DSS vs high profile energy thieves, Eko Disco vs Ajijedu/Abiola Landlord Association among others.