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DisCos may lose ownership as FG set to review power privatization

Mathew Dadiya, Abuja

The Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) in Nigeria may lose its ownership as the Federal Government on Thursday, disclosed that it will restructure the power sector to optimize the operations of DisCos in the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari, represented by Zainab Ahmed, minister of state for Budget and National Planning, said this at the end of the 23rd Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja.

Buhari said that the review would effect changes in the ownership structures of DisCos such that operators who could not sustain their facilities, relinquish their stakes to capable investors.

The president said that negotiations would kick off with the restructuring of power Generation Companies (GenCos) and then DisCos to ensure high service delivery.

In a plenary session at the start of the summit, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had spoken against the call for the government to recapitalise the power sector.

He said that operators should transfer ownership to investors if they could not sustain their facilities.

Chairman of Heirs Holding and an operator in the power sector, Tony Elumelu, also share the view of the government when he made a call to the government to inject additional funds to the sector.

Elumelu advised that the government should increase its stakes up to 60% and then sell it to capable investors with money and expertise to turn the sector around.

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