DISCOs, GENCOs battle NERC over losses

Sam Amadi, NERC

Sam Amadi, NERC boss

28 November 2013, Abuja – The owners of the Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) and Generation Companies (GENCOs), yesterday tackled the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) over challenges in the power sector that have resulted in financial losses.

NERC had at the meeting in Abuja churned out its expectations from the operators.

But the operators cautioned the Commission to redirect its efforts at tackling the reality in the power sector instead of focussing solely on expectations.

Kano DISCOs’ Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Jamil Gwamna, told NERC that due to abysmal load allocation to the Kano DISCO, which supplies Kano, Jigawa, Katsina States and Republic of Niger, the company has not generated any money from the power entity.

He said: “I have watched the presentation of the last presenter. And my concern is very simple as far as my DISCO is concerned. I have noticed the emphasis on compliance with MYTO II model but actually the reality on ground as far as Kano is concerned, is that all the assumption of the MYTO have been turned upside down. It is not working.

“I will start with the load allocation to Kano. It is really sad that for the last three days, our allocation was as low as 40mega watts (Mw) covering Kano, Jigawa and Katsina States. And not only that, about 20Mw will go to Niger Republic. So, how on earth can I make money?

– The Nation

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