FG debunks plans to hand over DISCOS to Siemens

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By Olanipekun Olayinka

The minister of Power, Engr Sale Mamman on Thursday debunked  reports going viral that the federal government was handing over electricity distribution to a German firm, Seimens.

Mamman, who was reacting to the publication that sufficed from his press briefing on the outcomes of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting which was held in Abuja on Wednesday disclosed that the handing over of power distribution service to foreign firm was not part of the agreement government signed with power firm.

The minister,  in a statement through his Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Mr Aaron Artimas, 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.”

He added that the statement, explained that the government was concerned about the disproportion of the value chain and how to align this chain for ample 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.”

Engr Mamman expressed regret that even when the DISCOS receive 3,000 megawatts, they short change the system by paying for only 1,000 megawatts, adding that the federal government could no longer continue to subsidise their inefficiency.

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