By ABAH ADAH, Abuja
Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has disbunked recent reports in some online newspaper that it refuted a recent statement by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing that the capacities of Generation and transmission are not being utilised because of inadequate capacity of the distribution companies (DisCos).
This was contained in a press statement issued by AEDC’s Head of Public, Ahmed Shekarau.
The statement reads in part: “Our attention has been drawn to a news report with the above title: Power: AEDC Hits 800MWs, Refutes Minister’s Claim of Inadequate Capacity” and published in the online and print editions of one of the dailies
dated Monday, August 28, 2017, in which it was purported that our Company,
through the Head of Public Relations & Media, Ahmed Shekarau, joined
issues with the Hon. Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, SAN, on matters relating to allocation and distribution
of electricity by the Distribution Companies (Discos).
We wish to state unequivocally that our Ahmed Shekarau did not at any time joined issues with the Minister, and neither did he refute
the minister’s claim of inadequate carrying capacity of the DisCos”
as carried in the report.
For the avoidance of doubt, our Head of Public Relations and Media,
who spoke exclusively to LEADERSHIP in response to allegations that
AEDC was rejecting load allocation from the Transmission Company of
Nigeria (TCN), stated emphatically that our Company does not reject
electricity allocated to it, and explained further that even with its
official quota of 11.5% of electricity allocated to it for
distribution nationwide, the AEDC at no time received up to 600MW of
power from the grid between June and July, 2017.
To buttress his point, Mr. Shekarau stated that: “For instance, AEDC’s
highest allocation from the grid in June, 2017 was 473.49MW, while the
highest in July so far is 492.87MW”.
The report therefore has nothing to do with AEDC.”
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