BPE Boss Urges Electricity Companies to Invest More

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Vincent Onome Akpotaire
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VINCENT Onome Akpotaire, acting director-general of the Bureau of Public Enterprises, BPE, wants owners of the successor companies of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, to think outside the box and make long-term investments to improve their plants’ network and infrastructure despite the seeming unfavourable operating environment in the country.

Akpotaire enjoined the investors to approach local and international funding sources to improve on their operations such that when the environment stabilises, they would not be caught napping since their investment is in perpetuity.

The BPE boss who gave the advice during the flag-off of the agency’s periodic post privatisation monitoring exercise at the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, IBEDC, in Ibadan on Wednesday, September 7, reminded distribution companies in the country that they won the bid of their respective companies based on the Aggregate Technical Commercial and Collection, ATC&C, they submitted.

According to him, they could only achieve that if they consciously expand and improve their network operation “because if the network is not improved and metering not aggressively pursued you   cannot reduce technical and collection losses”.

Akpotaire noted the impressive investments and progress the IBEDC had made especially with the embedded generation project in collaboration with British America Tobacco, BAT, and admonished that “it is still not enough because any investment you make is in perpetuity. You need to find answers to the liquidity challenge.”

He informed owners of the IBEDC that Yemi Osinbajo, vice president and chairman  of the National Council  on Privatisation, NCP, and Babatunde Fashola, minister of Power, Works and Housing, were  working assiduously  to ensure that the ministries, departments and agencies, MDAs, debts  were  paid as soon as possible and enjoined the power owners to work to  improve power efficiency  in view  of the  effort the government  was  making to get  electric power to  the people and  to get them pay for it. He said the general impression was that the Discos were   not performing.

The BPE boss commended the company for its effort at upgrading facilities and urged the management to make conscious effort to meet, if not exceed the agreed Key Performance Indicators, KPIs. He tasked them on the need to have a team of professional staff to drive the new technology they had deployed in information technology and other areas.

The BPE monitoring team was received by John Donnachiewho, managing director of the IBEDC, who briefed the team on the company’s operations, progress, challenges and prospects.  He later took the team to the company’s various facilities and the embedded plant at NAMPAK Properties which is being built for the company’s captive market for industrial clusters at Oba Otudeko Avenue in Ibadan.

—  Sep 14, 2016 @ 17:45 GMT

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