FG Summons Abuja and Ibadan Discos, TCN over Deteriorating Power Supply in 10 States and FCT

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The Federal Government has taken decisive action in response to the worsening power supply situation in 10 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) by summoning the leadership of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), and the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

The AEDC serves the FCT, Niger, Kogi, and Nasarawa states, while the IBEDC covers Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Kwara states, and parts of Niger, Ekiti, and Kogi states.

The Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, expressed concern over the exceptionally poor supply in these regions and has initiated discussions with the relevant stakeholders to address the issue.

In a statement by the minister’s Special Adviser on Strategic Communications and Media Relations, Bolaji Tunji, it was revealed that the summoning of the Discos and TCN was prompted by reports of deteriorating electricity supply despite improved generation levels.

The meeting, scheduled for the coming week, aims to discuss the challenges facing the affected regions and devise lasting solutions. Additionally, the minister emphasized that non-performing Discos would face scrutiny, and deliberate non-performance could lead to severe penalties or license revocation.

Furthermore, the TCN has been directed to commence repair works on damaged transmission towers and power lines to enhance supply in the affected areas.

The minister’s recent visits to various power generation plants underscore the government’s commitment to addressing the root causes of the power supply challenges. Plans are underway to expand capacity and settle outstanding debts owed to power generation and gas supply companies, a move expected to improve generation levels nationwide.

While urging electricity consumers to remain patient during this transition period, the government reassures that efforts are underway to enhance power supply across the country, bringing relief to consumers nationwide.