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Executive Director, Research and Advocacy, Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), Barr.
Sunday Oduntan, has clarified that staff of Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos), are not politicians, even though they distribute a product that is of great importance to politicians.
The Executive Director who said this yesterday in Abuja while responding to a significantly distorted picture that has been painted of DisCos by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, on Monday, July 9th, 2018.
Oduntan explained its constituency which consists of customers, employees, bankers, vendors and investors are concerned about how service delivery can be improved than the adoption of cheap theatrics and propaganda for political advantage.
He said the DisCos were committed to improving the quality of electricity distribution as well as meeting the performance obligations of the agreement that it has with the Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE).
“This is more so as the commercial success of our investments is intrinsically tied to the quality of our service delivery.
“Thus, it is important that our customers not suffer from any false impressions of an abrogation of our total commitment to providing them with an improved electricity supply experience, however, promoted by persons who have a different agenda.
“Consequently, we believe that it is critically important that we provide both clarification and information as to the issues of misrepresentation indicated in the Minister’s Press Briefing On metering, He explained that the currently identified approximately 4.1 million meter gap is a legacy of 62 years of government underinvestment and PHCN inefficiency.
“This gap continues to grow, as DisCos enumerate and identify their customers, convert illegal consumers into customers, replace non-functional and aged meters and make new connections.
“The gap not only exceeds the 1.7 million metering obligation specified in the DisCos’ performance agreement (out of which the Discos have delivered 88% of their metering obligation) and the 2.7 million metering gap at the handover of the DisCos but exceeds the allowance for total capital expenditure (CAPEX)-N305 Billion “It means that the already artificially suppressed tariff cannot accommodate the cost without an increase,” he explained.

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