… Enugu, Abuja, Benin DisCos lead
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has given power distribution companies (DisCos) up till the end of this year to pay up the N34.05 billion loan disbursed disbursed under the Central Bank of Nigeria-Nigeria Electricity Market Stabilisation Facility programme (CBN-NEMSF).
This was disclosed in the NERC’s 2016-2018 Minor Review of Multi-Year Tariff Order 2015 and Minimum Remittance Order for the Year 2019 for the Discos.
It would be recalled that in November 2014, the CBN, the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, the Ministry of Power and NERC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the CBN-NEMSF to address the shortfalls in the revenue of the power sector.
With N213 billion earmarked for disbursement through Deposit Money Banks (DMBs), billions of naira has been disbursed under the programme to the power firms, including generation companies.
Following the exit of the core investor as a result of the insecurity in the North-East region of the country, the Federal Government, in July 2015, took over Yola Electricity Distribution Company after it declared a force majeure.
The power sector regulator said it had confirmed N1.15 trillion as the tariff shortfall suffered by the 11 DisCos from 2015 to 2018.
Breakdown of the debt shows that Enugu Electricity Distribution Company is expected to repay N5.57 billion to the CBN this year while Abuja DisCo is expected to pay N4.95 billion; Benin DisCo, N4.89 billion; Ibadan DisCo, N4.58 billion; and Port Harcourt DisCo, N3.38 billion.
Similarly, Kaduna DisCo is expected to repay N3.34 billion; Jos DisCo, N2.68 billion; Kano DisCo, N1.76 billion; Ikeja DisCo, N1.75 billion; and Eko Disco, N1.03 billion.