16 September 2013, Abuja – The governorship candidate of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, in Enugu State in 2011, Osita Okechukwu, has written the Bureau of Public Enterprises, BPE requesting detailed information on the privatization of Enugu Electricity Company Plc, ENUDISCO.
In a letter dated September 12 and addressed to the Director General of BPE, Benjamin Dikki, Mr. Okechukwu said he was relying on the Freedom of Information, FoI, Act to make the request.
The sale of Enugu Disco has been enmeshed in controversy following allegations that BPE manipulated the bid guidelines in favour of some bidders with connections to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the Presidency.
A firm, Interstate Electric, owned by Emeka Offor, a member of the PDP, was announced the preferred bidder for the company on August 29 while the Eastern Electric Company, sponsored by a consortium of investors, including Geometric Power Limited, led by former Power minister, Barth Nnaji, five South Eastern State governments; Nestoil, Aba Power Limited and others, was listed as reserved bidder.
Mr Okechukwu, an indigene of Enugu State, who is now a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, said he was concerned with the transaction because being a tax payer in the state.
The letter reads, “May I humbly request you to use your good office to furnish me with information regarding the privatisation of Enugu Electricity Company Plc (EnuguDisco).
“Sir, I am a tax payer from Enugu State whose daily bread is tangential to the electricity supply.
“I make this request relying on the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act, 2011.
“For the avoidance of doubt, I request that you furnish me with information and documents covering the event ranging from Expression of Interest, Valuation and Technical Proposal, Emergence of Preferred Bidder, Share Purchase Agreement, Payment made so far (with dates) and all other relevant documents relating to that sale of Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, ENEDISCO.
“While waiting for your favourable responsible in accordance with FoI Act.
– Premium Times