Following the interest shown by various stakeholders in the electricity industry and indeed the general public with regards to the date for the final review of the performance of the privatised electricity distribution companies (DisCos), the Bureau of public Enterprises (BPE) wishes to clarify as follows:
1) That pursuant to the successful conclusion of the privatisation transaction for ten (10) of the DisCos, the utility companies were handed over to the core-investors on the 1st of November 2013. The associated Performance Agreements signed in August 2013 provided, amongst other performance indices, that the core investors covenanted to achieve agreed reduction targets of aggregate technical, commercial and collection losses.
2) That due to lack of adequate technical information relating to the state of the infrastructure at the time of concluding the transaction, the base level of losses in the utilities imputed in the Performance Agreements were based on provisional estimates.
3) That the terms of the Performance Agreements provide for a 5-year tenor during which the core investors in the DisCos were required to fully achieve far-reaching efficiency improvement targets. The Performance Agreement further provides that a study to establish the baseline level of aggregate technical, commercial and collection losses for the performance measurement would be carried out by the DisCos within one year after takeover and the outcome presented to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) for approval. The approved loss level shall form the basis of determining the performance of the core investors by BPE and subsequent tariff computation by NERC.
4) That NERC subsequently approved the outcome of the baseline loss study and issued a Tariff Order with an effective date of 1st January 2015 thus automatically commencing the 5-year tenor of the Performance Agreements executed between the core investors and the BPE. In this regard, we wish to clarify that the 5-year Performance Agreement for all the electricity distribution companies, with the exception of Kaduna DisCo, became effective on 1st January 2015 and the fifth year anniversary for final performance review would therefore be 31st December 2019.
The Bureau wishes to assure the public that the relevant agencies of government are conducting a periodic review of the performance of the DisCos under the management of the core investors with a view to evaluating the achievement of the terms of covenants agreed with the Federal Government well ahead of the December 2019 dateline.
Alex A. Okoh