During the Ministerial Retreat on the Integrated National Electricity Policy and Strategic Implementation Plan, Mr. Adebayo Adelabu expressed dissatisfaction with the privatization of Nigeria’s power sector.
He outlined intentions to restructure the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) in accordance with the Electricity Act 2023 and industry needs. Additionally, Adelabu emphasized the need for collaboration between the Federal Government, state, and local governments to enhance electricity coverage and distribution nationwide.
“It is time to restructure the TCN into two entities: the Independent System Operator (ISO) and the Transmission Service Provider (TSP). This restructuring must synchronise with the evolving landscape of state electricity markets, addressing calls for the decentralisation of the national grid into regional grids interconnected by a new higher voltage national or super grid.
“Essentially, we must ask whether the government should directly provide electricity nationwide or rather facilitate its provision by drawing comparisons with China’s centralised model and the United State’s diverse access models.
“Understanding how to handle subsidies, cross-subsidies, and aligning the Rural Electrification Agency’s role with emerging state markets are vital questions that demand stakeholder scrutiny for effective resolution.
“Certain observable aspects within our sector require attention. These include the poor track record in contracting, contract management, and adherence to contractual obligations, in some cases, even by design.
“With impartial examination, it is evident that these identified factors erode confidence in the viability of the sector and pose fundamental challenges of inadequate capitalisation and limited access to funds for the diverse players along the energy value chain, from gas supply to electricity distribution.”