Fashola wants state govts to partner with DisCos

Mr. Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, has called on state governments to partner with the various electricity Distribution Companies to ensure improved power delivery.

Fashola made the call on Saturday in Enugu when he led a delegation on a courtesy visit to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State.

He said the partnership was to identify areas of intervention by states in power distribution, adding that the federal, states and local governments are part owners of DisCos.

The minister said 60 per cent shares of the companies were sold to the private sector while the remaining 40 per cent belong to the three tiers of government.

Fashola expressed dissatisfaction with the rift between the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company and the state government and called for amicable resolution of the differences.

He said: “If I may advice, quarrelling with the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company is not the way to go and my advice is based on what I know.

“I gave this advice for a couple of reasons, 60 per cent share of Enugu DisCo was sold to the private sector like other distribution companies in the country.

“The owners of the remaining 40 per cent are the federal, state and local governments, so it seems to me that the more we quarrel with the companies, the more we quarrel with ourselves.

“State governments must understand that they are part and parcel of the DisCos and so, they have a responsibility to ensure that they contribute their quota to make the companies work.”

Fashola said the generating companies had 2000 megawatts of power that could not be distributed because of inadequate transformers and other distribution facilities.

He said the Federal Government had privatized the power sector and called on state governments to pass laws that would give them the right of way for distribution expansion.

The minister urged the state government to take advantage of the various initiatives of the Federal Government to boost power distribution in their states.

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