By Constance Imasuen
Abuja – The Association of Nigerian Electricity Distribution (ANED) says it is working with stakeholders in the power sector to address issues that led to the suspension of some of its members.
Mr Sunday Oduntan, Executive Director, Research and Advocacy, ANED -umbrella body of electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos)-disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday.
Oduntan said the association had taken practical steps to address the issues that led to the disconnection of some facilities of its members by Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).
“We will continue to work with all stakeholders in the industry. Our members will also continue to do their best to meet our obligations to the market.
“However, we want people to realise that electricity is a utility which has to be paid for.
“People must know that we have to pay to the transmission companies just as we also enjoin our customers to also pay to us,’’ he said.
Oduntan explained that the disconnection of the DisCos was a direct effect of liquidity crisis in the Nigeria power sector.
“The liquidity crisis that we have, has brought about a very huge short fall in the market.
“This is making it impossible or difficult for market participants to meet their obligations.
“In the case of DisCos, we are under-selling our products because we are buying at a higher price than the price we are selling to electricity consumers.
“So it has become difficult for us to pay our creditor. That is what is going on,’’ he said..
NAN reports that in the last few weeks, suspension and disconnection orders had been issued against, Kano, Port-Harcourt, Enugu, Eko and Ikeja DisCos .
The suspension order followed default of the “Market Conditions/Market Participation Agreements’’ by the DisCos.
TCN has, however, lifted the suspension on Enugu, Eko and Ikeja DiScos after they complied with the agreement while Port-Harcourt Disco is still on suspension.