Breaking: Minister of Power Summons AEDC, IBEDC Executives Over Deteriorating Power Supply

Breaking: Minister of Power Summons AEDC, IBEDC Executives Over Deteriorating Power Supply

In response to Nigeria's worsening electricity crisis, the Minister of Power, Adelabu, has taken proactive measures by summoning key industry players to tackle the pressing issue head-on. 

Concerned about the nation's faltering power situation, the Minister has convened a crucial meeting with the top brass of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), and the Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

The primary objective of the meeting is to address the escalating power supply challenges in their respective regions and devise sustainable solutions collaboratively. Despite concerted efforts to improve the situation, the Minister expressed dismay at the persistent decline in power supply across the country.

While the Ministry has been actively engaging Generating Companies (GENCOs) to boost their performance, resulting in a recent uptick in generation to over 4000MW, some distribution companies are failing to efficiently distribute the power provided by TCN, exacerbating the issue. 

Additionally, incidents of vandalism targeting power infrastructure in regions like Abuja, Benin, Port Harcourt, and Ibadan have further complicated matters.

In light of these developments, the Minister emphasized the need to hold all distribution companies accountable for their performance, cautioning of severe repercussions, including license revocation, for deliberate underperformance.

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

Recent site visits to power generating plants have shed light on the sector's challenges. Plans are underway to settle outstanding debts owed to power generation and gas supply companies, a move expected to ease financial burdens and contribute to improved generation levels nationwide.

Despite the hurdles, the Minister urged electricity consumers to remain patient as the government intensifies efforts to address the issues and deliver better service to all Nigerians.

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