President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at FEC Meeting

Government denies plans to handover DisCos to German firm

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Although it recently lampooned the 11 electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) for dismal performance, having failed to serve Nigerian consumers with adequate power, the Federal Government has denied reports making the rounds that it is handing over electricity distribution to Seimens, a German firm.

Engr. Sale Mamman, Honourable Minister for Power, Thursday said reports to this effect were false and unfounded.

Vanguard reports that Engr. Mamman, who was reacting to the publication that emanated from his press briefing on the outcomes of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting of Wednesday, February 19, in Abuja, explained that handing over the power distribution service to the firm was not part of the pact that the government signed with Seimens.

Mr. Aaron Artimas, Special Adviser on Media and Communication to Mamman, in a statement said he was quoted as saying that, “So, we have submitted our proposal to the government on the problem of distribution and it is left to them to decide what to do.

“The other thing I can tell you is that the government only signed a memorandum of understanding with the German company, Siemens, on how to leverage generation with transmission and distribution.”

The statement explained that the government is concerned about the disproportion of the value chain and how to align this chain for optimum distribution of power.

“For instance, if we generate 13,000 megawatts, we should be able to transmit the whole 13,000 and distribute the same, that way, Nigerians will be happy and everyone will have 24/7 of electricity,” the Minister had said in a media briefing after the FEC meeting Wednesday.

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