Electricity: Suspension of DisCos of minimal impact to consumers – TCN
Mrs Ndidi Mbah, the General Manager Public Affairs of TCN made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday.
Mbah said that the impact of the disconnection was minimal and was mostly done in feeders near the Disco’s headquarters, adding that only the people around that area were affected.
NAN also reports that TCN, however, lifted the suspension on Enugu, Eko and Ikeja DISCOs after they complied with the market conditions/participation agreement while Port-Harcourt and Kano DisCos are still on suspension.
“When DisCos are suspended, it does not necessarily mean they get a disconnection order.
“For instance, a DisCo might have up to 80 feeders, but only two of them will be affected and this is roughly less than three per-cent.
Mbah said that the suspension could be seen as a yellow card, “which means they are still in the game, it is like a warning.’’
According to her, TCN has a right to disconnect every power but it will not be fair for them to disconnect a DisCo completely.
“So, you are expected within a certain time to rectify the problem that led to the default, so that is the purpose of the suspension.
“But no DisCo has ever been disconnected totally. It will not be good for the grid,’’ she said.
Mbah said that Port-Harcourt and Kano were still under suspension, adding that they were making plans to settle their default.
Some of the DisCos were suspended for failing to increase their security order to the acceptable level, while some did not pay 100 per-cent of their invoice for service charge .