Aura energy promised uninterrupted power supply
The Jos Electricity Distribution Company, DISCO, of the former Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, was on Friday handed over to its new owners, Aura Energy Limited.
As the handing-over ceremony was about to start, lights at the DISCO – venue of the event – went out.
Speeches were made without microphones and there was difficulty recording the event.
Delivering the address of the Vice President, Namadi Sambo, a permanent secretary in the Ministry of Information, Bolashade Yemi, noted that the aim of the Federal Government, in privatising PHCN, was to boost power generation.
The Vice President, in his speech, pointed out that PHCN had performed below Nigerians’ expectations in terms of power supply.
“The Electric Power Sector Reform Act 2005 was a product of about five years of hard work by renowned experts in the field of electricity and utility reforms. The act was a necessary foundation for charting a new course for a sector that had delivered far below the minimum expectations of Nigerians,” Mr. Sambo said.
He stressed that the country would not achieve its goal in economic development until power supply was maximally stabilised.
Speaking on behalf of Aura Energy, one of its representatives at the ceremony, Tukur Modibo, assured Nigerians of uninterrupted power supply, declaring that power generation and distribution would increase by 50 per cent.
He, however, warned that any form of sabotage would not be tolerated.
Mr. Tukur blamed government for not putting the necessary investments into the power sector. He decried the work conditions of the former PHCN staff, calling it terrible.
He assured staff members of a better condition of service under Aura Energy.
The director and Chief Executive Officer of the Jos DISCO, Fedelis Obicihai, while officially handing over to Aura Energy, urged the new management to ensure adequate funding of the company, with training and retraining of staff, for efficient and adequate power supply.
Meanwhile, the event was held under tight security, with angry looking soldiers and armed Nigerian Civil Defense Corps members patrolling the venue.
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