The Federal Executive Council, FEC, has approved the inclusion of the Presidential Villa, in the eligible customer policy, to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the Villa, where President Muhammadu Buhari, and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, reside.
In a statement on Friday, Hakeem Bello, the Special Adviser on Communications to Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Power, said that the approval is aimed at achieving improvement in electricity supply and distribution in the country.
According to him, the approval was made at the FEC meeting, in response to a memorandum submitted by the Minister, seeking approval to include the Presidential Villa, in the distribution expansion programme, earlier approved by the Council.
The eligible customer regulation, which was issued by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, in mid-2017, permits electricity customers to buy power directly from the Electricity Generation Companies, GenCos, other than the Distribution Companies, DisCos, in line with the provisions of section 27 of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act, 2005.
The programme seeks to enable unutilised 2,000 megawatts, MW, from the GenCos, to be distributed to targeted metered customers.
“The Ministry had earlier obtained approval from the Bureau of Public Procurement, BPP, following its letter to the Bureau, intimating it of the Council’s approval of the Distribution Expansion Programme, with the intention of the Ministry to procure civil works that would facilitate uninterrupted power supply to the Aso Rock Villa, and curb the present erratic supply of power, in spite of the availability of power by the Generation Companies (GenCos)”, Bello said.
“The project to be executed by Messrs Dextron Engineering Limited, has a completion period of six months, under the Distribution Expansion Programme. An arrangement has also been put in place, such that a GenCo, North-South Power Company Limited, will procure the dedicated supply to the Villa, from the National Grid, while the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), has indicated interest to ensure success of the project.”