- Power Distributors’ Revenue Collection Rises to N36bn Monthly
The revenue collected by electricity distribution companies in the country from customers rose by 23 per cent this year, the Association of Nigeria Electricity Distributors said on Tuesday.
ANED, the umbrella body of the 11 Discos carved out of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria, said although the retail tariff had not been changed since February 2016, the revenue collection had been increased continuously up to an average of N36bn per month this year.
It disclosed through infographics posted to its official Twitter account on Tuesday that the energy received by the Discos, excluding Yola Disco, from October 2017 to September 2018 increased to 26,368 gigawatt hours, compared to the 24,217 GWh received from October 2016 to September 2017.
The energy billed by the Discos rose by 11 per cent to 20,600 GWh (an equivalent of N650.1bn) this year from 18,552GWh (N590bn) in 2017.
The association said the Discos collected N422.5bn in 2018, up from N344.7bn in the previous year, with the collection efficiency rising to 65 per cent from 60 per cent while the Aggregate Technical, Commercial and Collection losses dropped to 49 per cent from 54 per cent.
According to it, Disco operators only collect 24 per cent of the tariff revenues, while the balance goes upstream to transmission, generation and other industry stakeholders.
“The Discos in general have capitalised the additional energy received from the Transmission Company of Nigeria, improving their performance,” ANED said in his presentation, titled ‘Disco Performance Report for 2018.’
It said the improved performance continued in the third quarter of this year, although the energy received had not increased as much as projected.
The energy received in the third quarter this year increased to 6,283GWh from 5,988 GWh in the same period in 2017.
The energy billed also rose to 5,015GWh (an equivalent of N158.2bn) from 4,620GWh (N147bn), while the collection increased to N105.1bn from N88.4bn.
“Since July 2016, there has been a gradual rise in energy received by Discos and consequently on the energy billed,” ANED added.
The nation’s power sector was privatised in 2013, with the Discos and six generation companies handed over to core investors on November 1 that year. On July 2015, the Federal Government took over Yola Electricity Distribution Company following the exit of the core investor.
Last week, the National Union of Electricity Employees faulted the Bureau of Public Enterprises over the date for the final performance review of the Discos.
The Director-General, Bureau of Public Enterprises, Mr Alex Okoh, said last month that the review of the performance of the Discos would take place before December 2019.
He said the five-year performance agreement for all the Discos, with the exception of Kaduna Disco, became effective on January 1, 2015 and the fifth year anniversary for final performance review would therefore be December 31, 2019.
But the General Secretary, NUEE, Mr Joe Ajaero, described the declaration of December 31, 2019 as the final performance review date as “a negation of the performance agreements, which provides for a five-year tenure stipulated in the Memorandum of Understanding and Power Privatisation Act during which the core investors in the Discos are required to fully achieve far-reaching efficiency improvement target.”
“We are worried that since the core investors took over the privatised electricity assets on November 1, 2013, their performances have been abysmal, with Nigerians bearing the burden of paying outrageous/estimated bills since they have refused to provide their customers with prepaid meters,” he added.
Konga Chairman, Ijogun, Zinox Group ED, Etukudoh Bow Out in Style
Serial digital entrepreneur and Chairman, Zinox Group, Leo Stan Ekeh have heaped praises on two recently retired Executive Management staff, Chairman of Konga Group, Mr. Olusiji Ijogun and Executive Director, Zinox Group, Mr. Etiene Etukudoh for their immense contributions and years of outstanding service to the companies, even as he expressed deep gratitude to them for their invaluable efforts and sacrifices.
Ekeh spoke at a smart valedictory event held in honour of Ijogun and Etukudoh.
The event was held at the impressive Yudala Heights located at Idowu Martins, Victoria Island, Lagos on Tuesday, August 3, 2021. The well-attended event, organized in strict compliance with COVID-19 regulations, saw Executive Management and staff of the Zinox and Konga groups, as well as other guests and associates of the departing staff in attendance.
While delivering his appreciation speech, Ekeh explained his many years of a fruitful relationship with the two distinguished personalities and wished them greater heights in their future endeavours.
Ekeh, who described Ijogun as a brother, stated that integrity is a major quality for the choice of Chairman for any organization.
“For a company to be successful, the biggest brain is the Chairman and the CEO as they prescribe and supervise the implementation of quality culture, structure and systems. It is not just the knowledge of the business, the integrity of the personality and the quality of leadership. The business is bound to fail if the leaders don’t believe in God and that’s a major problem with start-ups in Africa. Konga wouldn’t have survived if I hadn’t known Siji.
‘‘It is a privilege to have Mr. Ijogun as Chairman of the Konga Group and we really appreciate his many efforts,” Ekeh said.
Further, Ekeh drew rich illustrations from his many professional and personal experiences with Mr. Ijogun, noting that his time as Chairman of the Konga Group was a blessing to the entity.
Also speaking about Etukudoh, who spent many performance-filled years at TD Africa where he rose to the position of Managing Director, Ekeh described him as an ideas man who he can always vouch for.
“Etiene is an all-rounder. He worked for all the companies in the Group. He is a good Nigerian and he has style. He’s one young man I can vouch for. He’s brilliant, modern and trustworthy. I have great confidence in him and I always told him when I have new businesses. He’s a man of great ideas and we consider it a privilege for him to have worked with us. This relationship is for life. You have me as a father so you can call me anytime,” Ekeh assured.
The event also offered attendees the opportunity to share their goodwill messages as well as their experiences of working with Ijogun and Etukudoh. Many of the speakers were effusive in hailing both men as inspirational professionals who will be greatly missed.
Reacting to the showers of encomiums, Ijogun, a certified corporate guru with a track record of exceptional service with a host of multinationals, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve as the first Chairman of the Konga Group after its acquisition by Zinox. He described Ekeh as a calculated risk-taker and an unmatched incubator of businesses that can turn a profit from waste.
He also predicted a progressive future for Konga and charged the Group to remain resilient by sustaining its impressive growth trajectory.
“Konga’s growth is phenomenal. Nobody knew online platforms would be the order of the day before COVID-19. To the glory of God, Konga has moved from loss-making to profit-making, with over 15 times greater in terms of revenue and I must commend Mr. Ekeh for the deep pockets. Since inception, we’ve added the Health, Food, Bulk and Travel business and still have more in the offing. With the influx of investors, Konga will be a major African business initiative in the nearest future,” Ijogun declared.
Also expressing gratitude for the memorable show of love, Etukudohreaffirmed his loyalty as a brand ambassador for the Zinox Group.
“I am grateful for the honour. In everything, I just wanted a big brand. I want to celebrate everyone who has been a part of my life. It’s been a journey. I came into the Group and made up my mind to demystify what people call the ‘Oga status’.
‘‘After today, nobody remembers the title but how you treated them. I’ll recommend that every staff work closely with the Chairman for at least one year before they leave the company. Chairman has been a big brother and his hunger has no part two. I’m grateful to Chairman, his wife, Mrs. Chioma Ekeh and everyone else. This is a great family and we have to keep it growing forever,” he said.
CBN Reveals Framework For Creation Of Payment Service Holding Companies
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Tuesday released guidelines for the establishment and regulation of Payments Service Holding Companies (PSHCs) in Nigeria.
This is contained in a circular issued by Mr. Musa Jimoh, CBN’s Director, Payments System Management Department.
Jimoh instructed deposit money banks, payments service providers and other financial institutions to take cognizance of new license categorization for the Nigerian payments system.
“It requires companies desirous of offering switching and processing services, and mobile money services to set up a PSHC structure such that activities of the subsidiaries are clearly delineated.
“The CBN hereby issues the guidelines to facilitate the understanding of regulatory requirements for operations of PSHC in Nigeria,” he said.
He urged all stakeholders to ensure strict compliance with the guidelines and all other regulations.
Standard Chartered Launches Easy Payment Plan For Credit Card Users
Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria Limited has launched one of a kind solution for clients tagged Easy Payment Plan (EPP). The EPP allows Credit Cardholders to choose an installment plan for purchases made with SC Credit Card.
Speaking on the solution, Bonaventure Odukwe, Head of Personal Banking and Alliance said, “Convenience and flexibility are at the heart of the solutions we continuously bring to our clients. With this EPP solution, clients can spread repayment in equal installments for a convenient period ranging from 3, 6, 9 to 12 months; enjoy a reduced interest rate of 1.5% per month and earn reward points when you make purchases and discounts at select merchant locations.
EPP attracts no processing or liquidation fees and gives our esteemed clients the opportunity to enjoy the lifestyle that they want now while ameliorating the stress of paying at once. For us this is one of the many ways that we continue to offer value to our clients, support their financial goals and reiterate that we are here for good.”
With the new Easy Payment Plan, clients can make purchases from their favorite stores and then spread the repayment in a flexible and stress-free way and at their own convenience. It is a convenient way to use ones’ Credit Card to make bulk purchases at a reduced interest rate, the bank said.
“This is open to all clients of the Bank that have operating credit cards and new clients that sign up for our credit cards.”
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