By Bashir Adefaka
Member, Federal House of Representatives representing Irepo/Orelope/Olorunsogo Federal Constituency of Oyo State at the National Assembly, Hon Bosun Oladele, has asked the Bukola Saraki-led Senate to beam its searchlight on the activities of the distributing companies (DISCOs) licensed to buy generated energy from the generating companies and distribute to the people in their respective approved areas across the country.
In a statement, Hon Oladele said the DISCOs are widelly believed to be responsible for the outage being witnessed in the power sector in most areas.
He said once the Senate President had indicated interest to probe the power sector, the most effective thing to do was to look into the activities of distribution companies, stressing that the DISCOs’action is undermining the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Oladele, who is former Oyo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, revealed that he had information based on the complaints of his constituents majorly under IBEDC that some of the distributing companies were not buying enough energy from the generating companies under the excuse that they did not have money.
He argued that ”The DISCOs have no reason to continue business if they could not satisfy their consumers in Nigeria.”
“The DISCOs are fleecing Nigerians. If you check records you will see that what we have today of power supply should have improved more than this.
The generating companies have generated enough energy but the distributing companies are not buying enough, making it look as if the effort of the current administration is not yielding enough results. They have now started rationing power supply in some areas, particularly areas which fall within the distributing territory of Ibadan Electricity Distributing Company (IBEDC). If care is not taken, the DISCOs will sabotage the Buhari regime’s positive effort in the power sector.
“Now that the Saraki-led Senate has decided to probe the power sector, what it should be doing, and transparently too, is thorough probe of the DISCOs because, mostly, they bought the power distribution rights not because they knew that they had the wherewithal to service the Nigerian people but because the past government people sold it to themselves. Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) recently ordered removal of fixed charges on bills. The only way to do it well is to do power metering without which they will continue to fleece the Nigerian people that are meant to benefit, yet they as distributing companies in business will not be able to recoup their money from the customers,” he said.