Sam Amadi, chairman, National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has disclosed that the regulatory agency has started the process of revoking licenses awarded to power generation companies (GENCOs) which has failed to meet the terms and milestones specified in their licenses.
Amadi who disclosed this at the presentation of licenses to four companies in Abuja which will add 774 megawatts (mw) of electricity to the national grid; assured investors in the sector that regulation would not stifle their profit motive as they had the power to charge tariffs that could help them recover costs efficiently and make profits from their investments.
He advised every licensee in the industry to get cost-effective tariff, adding that the electricity tariff framework has been deregulated.
According to the NERC boss, had all the licensees utilized their licenses, Nigeria would have by now been boasting of up to 30 gigahertz of electricity. In view of this, Amadi said very soon, licenses that were not performing would be revoked.
“Going forward, we are going to tighten the screws in terms of licensing in Nigeria. We have no choice but to revoke some licenses. That is the only way that we can send the right signal to people across the world to come and invest in Nigeria. For somebody with a piece of paper that is not performing, it remains a piece of paper. We have no choice but to make sure that potential investors deliver what they are supposed to deliver,” Amadi said.
He maintained that every licence has key performance indicators that are included in its terms, and that within the first six months to three years, each licensee is expected to reach certain thresholds. He stated that NERC started issuing generation licenses in 2006, but most of them, up till now, have not gone beyond the issuance of the licenses.
“In the past, there were complaints about problem with securing an off-taker. Now, we have issued a licence to an off-taker who will purchase power from them. We have also licensed embedded generators and distribution companies are encouraged to buy power from the embedded generators.
“So, if these challenges no longer exist and you are not doing anything with the licence, there is no reason why we should have you on our website giving the impression that we have licensed somebody when the power is not there. We may have been accommodative in the past; we will follow the due process in revoking the licenses,” he said.
Since the Commission started issuing licenses to power generation companies in 2006, about 124 companies have benefitted from the process but only a few have fulfilled the conditions specified in their licenses.
New GENCOs listed on the website of NERC include African Oxygen & Industrial Gases Limited for 19mw; Agbara Shoreline Power Limited, 100mw; Azura Power West Africa Limited, 450mw; Anita Energy Limited, 90mw; and Century Power Generation Limited, 495mw.

Johnson Alabi
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