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FG vows tough action against Discos rejecting electricity allocation

Minister of Power Issues Ultimatum as Nigeria Grapples with Persistent Blackouts

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In a decisive move, the Federal Government has issued a stern warning to power distribution companies (Discos) that refuse electricity allocations from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), signaling a new phase in efforts to address Nigeria’s enduring power crisis.

Chief Adebayo Adelabu, Minister of Power, announced on Monday that Discos declining allocated power would face severe consequences, as the government intensifies efforts to boost electricity generation and supply across the nation.

Addressing the media in Abuja ahead of a crucial meeting with ministry officials and agency heads, Adelabu unveiled plans to increase power generation to between 6,000 and 6,500 megawatts within the next three to six months, aiming to alleviate the strain on Nigeria’s power grid.

The minister also disclosed that the Federal Government subsidizes electricity bills for consumers nationwide by approximately 65%, underscoring ongoing efforts to mitigate the financial burden on citizens amidst unreliable power supply.

Emphasizing the gravity of the situation, Adelabu declared, “What the country is witnessing currently with respect to power supply is not acceptable. The situation is getting worse.”

Adelabu’s remarks come amid escalating tensions between the government and Discos over the persistent failure to deliver consistent electricity to Nigerian households and businesses.

Highlighting the accountability of Discos, Adelabu emphasized that non-performance, particularly in providing stable power supply, could result in the revocation of licenses.

“We should not be toothless bulldogs, barking and barking without biting. We should bite,” Adelabu asserted, urging swift and decisive action against underperforming Discos.

The minister’s statements reflect growing frustration with the power sector’s inefficiencies, compounded by recent reports revealing significant electricity rejection by Discos despite widespread blackouts nationwide.

As part of its strategy to enhance power generation and stabilize output, the government is exploring measures to settle outstanding debts to gas and generating companies, aiming to incentivize increased electricity production.

Meanwhile, concerns mount over the reliability and safety of Nigeria’s power infrastructure, following a recent fire incident at the Dan Agundi Substation in Kano State. While the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) works to restore full power supply, investigations into the cause of the fire are underway.

Amidst these challenges, the Federal Government’s determination to overhaul the power sector underscores the urgency of addressing Nigeria’s energy crisis, as citizens and businesses grapple with the adverse effects of chronic electricity shortages and outages.

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