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NERC fines Ibadan DISCO N50m over misuse of loan

…Probes 10 other DISCOs’ use of N213bn loan

THE Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, has slammed the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, IEDC with a fine of N50 million for alleged giving out of loan worth N6 billion from the N11.367 billion it received from the Nigeria Electricity Market Stabilisation Fund, NEMSF, granted by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to its core investor group.

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The NERC, in a statement issued in Abuja, vowed that it would pursue the full recovery of the misused funds from IEDC including the accrued interest at NIBOR + 10%.According to the regulatory agency, “Following the outcome of an open book review conducted on the financial records of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company plc (IEDC), the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission found the company wanting on two grounds of inappropriate financial transactions and was subsequently fined a sum of N50m.

“The fine was on account of its failure to secure a refund of an interest free loan the Board of IEDC granted to its core investor group. Information from the Commission indicates that the industry regulator is also reviewing the utilisation of NEMSF in all other distribution companies.”The Commission had, vide its Order 173, directed IEDC to recover the sum of N5.7bn being the balance of the inappropriate loan of N6bn granted by the utility to IEDMG, the core investor in Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company plc.

“The loan was sourced from a total sum of N11.367bn disbursed to IEDC under the Nigeria Electricity Market Stabilisation Fund granted by the Central Bank of Nigeria towards the improvement of infrastructure in the company including metering.

“The repayment of the loan to CBN by the 11 distribution companies has continued to be made as a first charge on the revenues of the companies. “The Commission has reaffirmed that it will pursue the full recovery of the misused funds from IEDC including the accrued interest at NIBOR + 10per cent.”


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