29 October 2020 by Aisha Adesanya.
The House of Representatives Committee on Power has directed the Minister of Power, Mr Saleh Mamman to sanction Distribution Companies (DISCOS) for poor power distribution in the Country.
The Chairman of the Committee, Aliyu Magaji gave the directive at the Committee’s ongoing 2021 budget defence in Abuja.
According to him, stiffer sanctions on the DISCOS for not providing and replacing damaged infrastructure for enhanced service delivery will bring about the much desired results.
Speaking earlier, the Minister who was at the House of Representatives to defend the 2021 budget of his ministry before the Power Committee, noted that the country was doing well in power generation but distribution remained a major problem.
Mamman said, “Under the able leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, the country’s grid power capacity has increased significantly from the time this administration took over in 2015 to date.
“Today, the installed grid power generation capacity has reached 13,000MW from 8000MW in 2015; similarly, transmission capacity has increased to 8000MW from 5000 in 2015. The distribution system has the capacity to evacuate 5500MW of power, having grown from 4500MW in 2015. The privately ran Distribution sector have the least capacity in the power value chain and this keeps affecting power distribution to consumers”.
The Minister who however explained that, there had been nationwide reports of improvement in the number of hours Nigerians are provided with electricity said the situation would improve with the implementation of the Siemens Electrification Roadmap.
He added that Siemens would be involved in both generation and distribution, stressing that the project would be financed through a foreign loan from the German Government.
The lawmakers who were angry that the DISCOS were making fortunes from the sector by reaping off citizens without commensurate power supply said all erring DISCOS must be brought to book.