Power Generation Companies (GenCos) are clamouring for the approval to start selling electricity directly to Nigerians. The power generation companies are seeking to bypass the Distribution Companies (Discos) who supply power to electricity customers within the country.
In a new report, the GenCos urged the Federal Government to implement the Eligible Customer Policy which was initiated in 2017 by the former Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who is now serving as the Federal Minister of Works and Housing. Saleh Mamman is the current Minister of Power.
Fashola had declared the Eligible Customer policy which enables power generation companies to sell directly to electricity consumers rather than depend on distribution companies. This policy, according to the report, is in line with the provisions of Section 27 of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act 2005.
Since the privatisation of the power sector in 2013, the supply of the electricity has been divided into several categories: six generation companies, 12 distribution companies covering all 36 Nigerian states, and a national power transmission company.
Each distribution company is responsible for supplying electricity directly to customers, however, the Eligible Customer policy will ensure power generation companies can also perform the duty of the distribution companies.
But operators of the generation companies said the policy hadn’t taken effect fully. One of the operators, Sani Bello, the Chairman of Mainstream Energy Solutions Limited, said the Eligible Customer policy would favour everyone including the government if implemented. Mainstream Energy Solutions Limited is the concessionaire for Kainji and Jebba Hydro Power Plants.
GenCos to halt power production: In the last week of September, the power generating companies said they would halt the production of electricity across the country if the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company (NBET) persists on its move to slam a 0.75% gas payment administrative charge on them.
Describing the charge as unregulated, the GenCos, under the auspices of the Association of Power Generating Companies (APGC), also threatened to declare force majeure and relieve themselves of all market obligations, if the NBET stuck to its guns.
#DigitalSkillsTraining: FG announces conclusion of selection process
Only successful applicants that are contacted by the Ministry are to report at the training venue.
The Federal Government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports disclosed that the selection process for the upcoming Digital Skills Training has been concluded for the #DigitalSkillsTraining from April 11th to 30th, 2021.
This was disclosed in a statement by the Ministry of Youth and Sport on Sunday evening.
“The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development wishes to inform the general public and all Nigerian Youths that the selection process has been concluded for successful applicants for the #DigitalSkillsTraining scheduled for April 11 to 30, 2021,” the statement said.
The Ministry added that only successful applicants that were contacted by the Ministry are to report at the training venue. Those who were not successful but arrive at the training would not be admitted.
“Upcoming #DigitalSkillsTraining Programmes of the Ministry will be widely publicized on youthandsport.gov.ng , on : noya.ng and on the Ministry’s social media handles,” the statement added.
What you should know
Recall that Nairametrics reported in November 2020, that the Ministry of Youths and Sports Development announced it will scale up its digital skills training to cover 500,000 youths across the country after securing funding under the COVID-19 stimulus budget.
Cost of building materials rise by over 60% in one year
The price of building materials in the market experienced a rise of over 60% in the last one year.
The cost of Cement, Steel, Tiles and Plaster of Paris (PoP) cement, among others have risen by over 60% between March 2020 and March 2021.
For instance, the cost of steel, which was sold at N234,000 per tonne as of March 2020, had increased to N380,000 at the end of March 2021. This represents a 62% increase within the period under review.
While Dangote Cement increased from N2,600 to N3,800 (though it is sold at N3,600 in some areas in Lagos), Lafarge Cement and BUA Cement increased from N2,400 and N2,250 to N3,600 and N3,250 respectively within the same period.
The price hikes are not limited to the cost of steel and cement alone but also to other materials like Tiles, PoP cement, and roofing sheets.
The cost of super white cement increased from N2,500 (25kg) to N3,700, and the cost of high-quality white cement (40kg) also increased from N4,000 to N6,500.
The cost of gravel increased from N80,000 to N140,000; that of 8mm diameter and 25mm diameter (imported) increased from N234,000 and N245,000 to N330,000 and N380,000 respectively.
Doors are not left out in the hike. Costs of Flush door (high quality), Panel door and Turkish steel door (1,500 x 2,100) also rose from N35,000, N40,000, N165,000 to N60,000, N75,000 and N235,000 respectively.
Why the hike?
Industry experts have attributed the hike to persistent depreciation of the naira and the rising cost of other building materials.
Tunde Oluwole, a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Builders, explained that the development was caused by high interest rate, inflation, increasing exchange rate and scarcity of forex in the country.
He said, “The increasing prices in Nigeria is a result of the combined effects of high-interest rates, devaluation of the naira, inflation, and non-effective distribution network of the materials.”
To Kolawole Adebisi, an Estate Developer, the development in the cement industry is caused by the ban of imported cement in the country.
He told Nairametrics that he is not against the ban, as the government’s intention is to boost local production of cement but explained that “the local manufacturers were unable to produce enough cement to meet the demand and this contributed to the rising cost of the product.”
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