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REVEALED – Prof. Nnaji’s exit makes PHCN resort to business as usual

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The current erratic electricity supply being experienced in some parts
of the country has been linked to the poor attitude to work by officials
of the successor companies of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria
(PHCN), THISDAY reported.

It was gathered that the PHCN workers
have resorted to what electricity consumers called “business-as-usual,”
following the resignation of Prof. Bart Nnaji as Minister for Power.
THISDAY’s
investigation revealed that since Nnaji’s resignation, electricity
supply has dropped in some towns and major cities, including Lagos,
Enugu, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kaduna.

To underscore
government’s seriousness to pursue the power reform agenda robustly,
Nnaji was known to have removed top level managers of the generation,
transmission and distribution companies who failed to perform and
consistently missed their service level agreement targets.

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Most
of the chief executive officers (CEOs) of the successor companies, who
were contacted by THISDAY over the current erratic supply declined to
comment on the matter due to what they described as “the current
atmosphere of uncertainty caused by the resignation of the former
minister”.

Other CEOs, who spoke on condition of anonymity,
referred THISDAY to the National Control Centre (NCC) at Oshogbo in Osun
Sate, for clarifications.

A source at NCC however blamed the
fluctuation in supply on the inability of the distribution companies to
respond quickly to faults on the lines.

He acknowledged that
there was drop in daily allocations to the distribution companies since
the resignation of the former minister but added that there could also
be faults in some of the lines that might have affected the ability of
the companies to deliver power to their customers.

He however declined to disclose the quantity of power being generated in the country.

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“One
thing is to send power from the generating companies to the grid via
the control centre and another thing is allocating this power and
sending it to the discos. But whether this power is delivered to the
customers is a different ball game. There are losses between the Gencos
and the national grid. There are also losses between the national grid
and the discos. Of course, there are also losses between the
distribution companies and the customers. If supply to the customers has
dropped substantially, it means that the discos are not doing their
jobs,” he said.

Nnaji had instilled discipline and accountability among PHCN top management when he was the presiding minister.

Barely one month after he assumed duties in July 2011, Nnaji sacked four CEOs of Distribution companies across the country.

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He said the move was to strengthen the capacity of distribution companies nationwide to enable them serve the public better.

Also
in April this year, he ordered the removal of the Managing Director of
the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN); the market operator and the
executive director, Human Resources of PHCN, for their failure to
prevent what he described as “controllable impediment” to supply power
to Nigerians.

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Adebayo Folorunsho-Francis is a communicator, Journalist, blogger, business coach and, of course, a prolific writer. He has Dip (Journalism) and B.A. (History & International Relations) from the Lagos State University (LASU). The self-effacing young man has worked for national, regional and local newspapers. He had worked with THISDAY covered community news for ISLAND NEWS and corresponded with P.M. NEWS (evening tabloid). Presently, he is the editor of CITYPULSE MEDIA and senior correspondent of PHARMANEWS, West Africa foremost health and pharmaceutical journal.

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