Nigeria may be forced to stop power supply to the Republics of Niger and Benin over an outstanding N2.60 billion electricity debt.
Details of the unpaid electricity debt owed by the two countries are contained in the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) second-quarter 2020 report released yesterday in Abuja.
The report indicated that of the N4.10billion (US$13.39 million) invoice issued by the Market Operator(MO) to international customers which included Societe Nigerienne d’electricite – NIGELEC, Societe Beninoise d’Energie Electrique – SBEE and Compagnie Energie Electrique du Togo–CEET), only CEET paid the sum of N1.51bilion (US$4.92million) in respect of services it received from the Nigerian MO.
The Federal Government had in December 2019, threatened to disconnect Togo, Benin and Niger Republic from electricity supply over non payment of their electricity bill to Nigeria.
Immediate past Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Usman Mohammed, had explained that prior to his emergence as the Managing Director of TCN, Benin and Togo owed Nigeria more than $100 million.
The demand for international customers who receive electricity from Nigeria to pay their bills or be disconnected has been ongoing for years from Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) which supplies electricity to Togo and Benin. Both countries, and Niger Republic receive 300 megawatts electricity supply each from Nigeria.
Meanwhile, NERC in the report disclosed that the total electric energy generated in the second quarter of 2020 was 8,734,927MWh –1.40 per cent more than the energy generated during the preceding quarter.
Within the same quarter, it stated that the industry recorded a peak daily generation of 5,316MW while the available plant generation units increased to 73 from the daily average of 66 units recorded in the preceding quarter.
‘‘Although the increase in the available generation units in the second quarter of 2020 led to 1.40 per cent increase in the total power generated, capacity utilisation rate fell by 8.16 percentage points during the period under review.
This reduction was attributable to constraints relating to gas supply shortage, and transmission and distribution networks bottlenecks. The aforementioned industry constraints have continued to pose major technical and operational challenges to the industry.
The resolution of technical and operational constraints in NESI remains one of the top priorities of the Commission. The Commission has continued to work on resolving the DisCo-TCN interface bottlenecks to free up part of the stranded generation capacity by addressing the technical constraints inhibiting the flow of energy’’ the report stated.
NERC said it was also reviewing the Performance Improvement Plans (“PIPs”) filed by DisCos and requested additional information and clarification from some DisCos to enhance the quality of the PIPs. According to NERC, the PIPs, which were prepared in accordance with the Commission’s guidelines, is for the period 2021-2025 with an overall objective of ensuring that utilities invest in projects that are critical to addressing technical and other challenges affecting operational efficiency.
NERC explained that the review of the PIPs is expected to among others appraise; DisCos’ proposed utilisation of capital and operating expenditure allowances for relevance and cost efficiency, the investments required by DisCos towards addressing bottlenecks in the distribution networks to free up part of the stranded generation capacities and address other related constraints inhibiting the flow of energy to end-use customers, and the investments required by DisCos to improve service delivery to end use customers.
On the comparative summary of the system stability performance of the national grid for 2020/Q2 and 2020/Q1, the report shows a slight decline in the grid network stability during 2020/Q2 relative to 2020/Q1.
‘‘Although no incidence of partial system collapse (i.e. failure of a section of the grid) was recorded, there were two (2) incidents of total system collapse (i.e., total blackout nationwide) during 2020/Q2 as compared to one (1) incident recorded during 2020/Q1’’, the report added.
PDP Asks DSS To Probe Pantami, Want Minister’s Sack
The Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday called on the Department of State Service to immediately invite the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, for questioning over his alleged affiliations with the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.
The Party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja, also demanded that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari(retd.), should immediately sack the minister, given the sensitivity of the issue at stake.
The party said its position was predicated on the heightening concerns in the public space and in the international arena of possible compromises by the communication minister.
It noted that Pantami had access to sensitive government documents and information, in addition to data of all individuals including high profile personalities in the public and private sectors as well as the traditional and faith-based circles.
The statement partly read:-
“The PDP is particularly worried about allegations in the public suggesting that the minister compromised the NIN registration exercise by giving room for the registration of aliens and invaders from other countries as our citizens.
“The party tasks the DSS to investigate the allegation which has created apprehension, particularly given the rise in banditry and other terrorist activities in our country.
“The PDP urges Nigerians to remain at alert and very sensitive to their environment, while not hesitating in providing useful information to our security agencies in the interest of our nation”
I Sacrificed My Parents For Biafra Agitation, I Will Sacrifice Everything” – Nnamdi Kanu
The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has said that he will not back down on his struggle for self-determination for the Igbos.
Kanu vowed that if he could sacrifice his parents for the Biafran agitation, he was ready to do more for the struggle.
Kanu stated this on Saturday evening through an inscription on an image he tweeted on his official Twitter handle which also indicated the date and time for his usual live radio programme on Biafra radio.
The inscription reads, “I sacrificed my mother and father to get Biafra. I will sacrifice everything.” Aprokorepublic gathered
I’m Not Guinea pig, I Wont Take Covid-19 Vaccines – Bishop Oyedepo
Popular Nigerian pastor Bishop Oyedepo of the living faith church aka winners chapel has stated that he won’t take covid-19 Vaccines,Aprokorepublic gathered
Oyedepo, who spoke during the church’s Covenant Hour of Prayer programme, said he is not a guinea pig, hence would not take the vaccine.
Stressing that the world was confused over COVID-19, the clergyman insisted that the church has the answer.
According to Oyedepo: “I have never seen a generation where you force people to take vaccines. It is inhuman; it is immoral sir. I’m not a lawyer but I don’t think it is legal. You can’t come to my house and want to give me injections.
“On what? Did I invite you? They are confused. But the church has the answer. Did you see any outbreak of virus here? How will it enter the gate? Will it come through the air? How?
“One woman just got down after that injection in Kaduna. What kind of life? Are human beings now turned to guinea pigs? The world is confused but the church is triumphing.
“So, the triumph of the church will humble the pride of the world. They don’t know what to do, sir. In the last days, the church will be reigning in power and glory. That is God’s agenda
No apologies. There is a big, big bird in our land, saying, ‘don’t take it, they are deceivers’. Let me see someone who will come and inject me.
“Are you going to tie my hands? How? Did I invite you? I know you are quiet, you will hear more of it. My job is to expose the devil and tell his agents, ‘get off, we are not guinea pigs.”
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