Electricity: Customer Eligibility Policy Yields Result – Fashola
The Customer Eligibility Policy of the Federal Government has started yielding result, with five industrial customers presently buying electricity directly from Generation Companies (GenCos).
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola made this known on Monday at the 29th stakeholders’ meeting organised by Mainstream Energy Solutions Ltd., in Minna.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Customer Eligibility Policy was declared by the minister in 2017 to improve distribution side of electricity and facilitate better power supply to consumers who consumed up to two mws and above.
“From reports reaching me, five industrial customers are now benefitting from the policy and taking their power directly from a GENCO, which incidentally is our host today, messers Mainstream Energy Ltd.
“We also have a list of 26 industrial customers who are seeking to benefit from the policy,’’ Fashola said.
According him , directives have been issued to the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to work out and implement competition transition charges as provided by Law, to safeguard operators from any losses arising from the policy.
“We will continue to monitor the impact of the policy and remain flexible to keep what works and change what does not.
“I urge everybody to remain open-minded, adaptive and responsive.’’
He said the provision of N701 billion payment assurance guaranteed by government was to give comfort to investors in the generation side of the value chain.
This, he said was designed to ensure the payment of power produced by GenCos.
“Since its implementation in 2017, recovery of payments by GenCos has increased from 20 per cent to 80 per cent and power supply capacity has improved from 4,000mw to 7,000mw and there is an appetite by other players to participate.
“Is it perfect, certainly not, do the GenCos like it, I am sure that they will tell that 80 per cent recovery is better for business than 20 per cent recovery, but they would rather have 100 per cent recovery,’’ he said.
The minster, however, said that GenCos must transparently invoice for their output made on generation of power.
“We must harmonise the price of gas for payment under the scheme, where there are differential prices arising from different gas suppliers.
“Therefore, we must work as owners of the policy to nurture and improve on its capabilities.
On Meter Asset Provider (MAP), he said the policy was introduced to address the meter supply gap, relieve the DISCOs of the financial burden of meters.
He said reports reaching him indicated that there was an embracement of the policy, adding that entrepreneurs were showing interest and talking to banks to raise finance.
On energising educational institutions and markets, Fashola said, “these are government-led initiatives based on the rural electrification plan approved by the President in 2016 to provide access to power for rural dwellers and vulnerable members of our society.’’
He said government had proposed to use six small hydro dams that had been abandoned for decades to energise Federal Government owned universities and some markets.
“There are currently 15 markets under contemplation with Ariaria, Sabon Gari and Sura markets in Aba, Kano and Lagos as flagships.
“The six hydro dams are to be concessioned to private operators on Build, Operate, and Transfer (BOT),’’ he said.
Multinational: Benin, Cote D’ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria And Togo And The Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS)
Study on the Abidjan – Lagos Corridor Highway Development Project
Notice for Expression of Interest
Recruitment Of A Consultant To Conduct A Corridor Economic & Spatial Development Initiative Scoping And Project Packaging Study For The Abidjan-Lagos Highway Corridor Highway Development Program
The ECOWAS Commission has received Grants from the African Development Fund (ADF) and the European Development Fund (through the African Investment Facility –AfIF) to cover the cost of studies on the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Highway Development Project, and intends to use part of Grant amount to finance service Consultants Contract for Corridor Economic & Spatial Development Initiative (SDI) Scoping and Project Packaging Study for the Abidjan-Lagos Highway Corridor.
The services under this Contract mainly consist of: (i) defining the corridor’s zone of influence to show direct and indirect beneficiaries (populations, other economic activities, etc.) which the corridor affects and vice versa, using the appropriate technical methodology under the SDI concept; (ii) identifying and analyzing the significant developmental aspects of the various zones along the corridor; (iii) identifying a longlist of economic projects (trade, logistics, industry, etc) within the geographical zone of influence of the Corridor, that are worth developing as part of the multinational highway project to result in a holistic economic development corridor, (iii) data gathering, and scoping (shortlisting) of SDI projects; (iv) developing regulatory and institutional framework for the holistic development of the corridor as an economic development corridor; (v) perform economic and financial analysis of selected projects to determine the nature of investments required for further development and (vi) develop an Abidjan-Lagos corridor economic development investment & marketing plan.
Feasibility and Detailed Engineering Studies are to be conducted per the following lots to cover the entire corridor: (i) Lot 1: Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire)-Takoradi (Ghana), 295.3 km; (ii) Lot 2: Takoradi-Apimanim (Ghana)-Accra (Ghana)–Akanu/Noepe Border (Ghana), 466 km; and (iii) Lot 3: Akanu (Ghana)-Noepe (Togo)-Lome (Togo)-Agonmey Glozoun (Togo)-Athieme (Benin)-Cotonou (Benin)-Seme-Krake (Benin/Nigeria)-Lagos (Nigeria), 320.06 km. All distances provided are indicative and could be more depending on the eventual confirmation of alignments by Member States.
The overall duration of the Feasibility and Detailed Engineering technical studies is estimated at twenty seven (27) months for each lot and the Corridor Economic and Spatial Development Study shall cover the entire corridor for a period of twelve (12) Months with some interim outputs (impacts from shortlisted projects) that could be taken on board by the feasibility and detailed design Consultants.
The ECOWAS Commission invites Consultants (firms with proven experience in spatial development initiatives, economic corridor development, urban and land use planning, transport infrastructure engineering firms for large-scale infrastructure projects) to submit their candidacy for the services described above. Interested, eligible and qualified consultants must produce information on their ability and experience demonstrating that they are qualified for services of similar nature. The shortlisting criteria shall be: (a) general experience in Economic Corridor Development, urban planning and development services (Studies, Technical Assistance, Project Management,) over the last ten (10) years; (b) specific experience in the field of studies of spatial development and establishment of economic zones along multinational highway corridors during the last ten (10) years; (c) Specific experience in cross-border or multinational land-use planning over the past ten (10) years; (d) availability of key personnel (list, qualification, experiences); (e) logistical and equipment; (f) IT Resources and specialized software, etc. (g) capacity to produce reports and all other relevant documents on the study in English and French.
NB: Each reference will be summarized on a project sheet, and will be considered only if the candidate attaches supporting documents indicating the contact information of the contracting authorities so as to facilitate verification of the information provided: Excerpts of contract (inner cover page and page with the signatures) plus Attestation of good performance.
Consultants may form groups to increase their chances of qualification.
The eligibility criteria, the preparation of shortlist, and the selection procedure shall comply with the African Development Bank’s Procurement Framework for operation funded by the Bank Group as of October 2015 available on the Bank’s website: http://www.afdb.org. The selection procedure will be based on Quality Based Selection Method (QBS), and a shortlist of six (6) firms which present the best profiles shall be drawn up after the expression of interest. Also the firms that are part of an international network are to submit one expression of interest.
Interested consultants can obtain further information at the e-mail addresses mentioned below during working hours: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon (local time) on working days: firstname.lastname@example.org with copy to email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org ; email@example.com
Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form (one (1) signed original plus four (4) copies) in (person, or by registered mail) to the address below, not later than 14th June, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. (GMT+1), Nigerian Time, and must be clearly marked: “Studies on the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Highway Development Project/Expression of Interest in Consulting Services for Corridor Economic and Spatial Development Initiatives Study”.
For delivery in person or by registered mail to:
Directorate, General Administration, Procurement Division
First (1st) Floor of the ECOWAS Commission Headquarters,
Plot 101, Yakubu Gowon Crescent,
Asokoro District, Abuja,
Requests for further information or clarification could be sent by e-mail:
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The working languages shall be English and French. The Expression of Interest will be submitted in English.
Remarks By The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry Of Power, Works And Housing, (Works And Housing Sector), Mohammed Bukar, At The 24th National Council Meeting On Works, Held In Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi State
I am pleased to welcome you to the 24th Meeting of the National Council on Works holding in Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi State.
2. As you are aware, the theme of this year’s National Council Meeting is “Ensuring Value-for-Money in Nigerian Highways Development”. The theme is apt and timely, considering our collective resolve to address the challenges in road development in the country within available resources.
3. In order to ensure that this target is achieved, it has become necessary for all the critical stakeholders to consider and provide contemporary policies that will support the attainment of the above target.
4. It is quite instructive that the theme was carefully chosen to ensure prudent spending of available financial resources in Highways development in the country due to the huge investment governments at all levels are making in road development.
5. The Meeting is significant as it will afford us the desired opportunities to identify challenges in the highways sector and develop strategies towards addressing them. We are therefore, expected to explore various realistic means of proper utilization of funds and other resources meant for road projects, to enable quick service delivery, which in turn will fast-track national growth and sustainability. May I also stress on the need to ensure that all our recommendations align with the objectives of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) of 2017-2019 which focuses on restoring economic growth, ease of doing business, investing in our people and creating a competitive economy. The achievement of these objectives largely lies on the availability of good road network across the country.
6. Distinguished delegates and officials, the timing of this meeting therefore, is very significant as it affords us the opportunity to think through and make necessary provisions in our various Budgets for the year 2019 and beyond as well as take necessary steps that will ensure money spent on roads impacts on the Nigerian economy, positively.
7. On this note, I once again welcome you all and wish you fruitful deliberations.
8. Thank you.
Keynote Address By The Honourable Minister Of Power, Works And Housing, At The 7th National Council On Lands, Housing, And Urban Development, Held At Gombe State
Ladies and Gentlemen, I once again have the honor and pleasure to address this Council. This year, I do so around the theme of our meeting, which is ‘The Provision of Affordable Housing: A Catalyst for Development and Sustainable Economic Growth’.
Permit me to first express our profound gratitude on behalf of the Federal Government to the Government and good people of Gombe State for accepting to host this annual Council Meeting of Lands, Housing and Urban Development.
The event would not have been possible without the exceptional commitment of His Excellency, Dr. Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, the Executive Governor of Gombe State and members of his cabinet, especially the Hon. Commissioner for Metropolitan and Urban Planning Development, Mrs. Fatima Abubakar, on whom the responsibility for the organization of this event fell. Permit me, therefore, to wholeheartedly appreciate His Excellency for his resilient leadership qualities.
I wish to start by saying that at all levels of our Government, there is something that can be done about Housing and we should commit to doing so across partisan lines.
Very often, when the discussion about the lack of Housing begins, it either revolves around the size of the Deficit or the Cost of the houses or the pointing of fingers as to who should do what and has not done so.
Very rarely do those discussions bring up solutions or action points. Problems clearly cannot be solved by simply talking about them.
No matter what we say, unless we begin to act, it changes nothing. Strangely, we have had this conversation daily, and across election cycles of 4 years, each that I shudder to ask whether we take time to reflect.
I have stopped talking many years ago and have started acting, and whether it is at State or National level, I can point to my contribution and that of my Staff and say, “We did something.” Can you?
But before I continue, permit me to indulge those who spend their time on the debate about the size of the deficit and ask how educated and informed that debate is. Who conducted the census that produced the figures in the Deficit?
Who verified the figures that now seem to trap many of our people in a vortex of difficulty?
Does the deficit take into account the empty and unoccupied houses in every State of Nigeria?
Are these housing deficits in sub-urban, rural areas or in the urban centers?
Why is there urbanization, and why is housing shortage a problem of urbanization?
It seems to me that as Policy Makers, before we even start to build houses, the first thing we can do is to address urbanization by policy.
One of the policies is to consciously redistribute wealth and opportunities by strong commitments to programs like Agriculture and Mining.
These are rural-centric economic decisions that take wealth and opportunities to the rural areas, and slow down migration to the urban centers in search of opportunities.
From my trips across the States, I can tell you categorically that President Buhari’s commitment to infrastructure, which is driving mining and the Agricultural focus is already impacting on our urbanization challenge in a positive way.
Work at quarries and on cash crop farms, which are situated in the rural areas, is now getting to the people; instead of them coming to look for it in the urban centres.
All of us, as critical shareholders, can deepen these to the recesses of our States where President Buhari cannot reach.
As we slow down the migration, we must now provide homes to the people, starting in the urban centres where the need is greatest.
This is what President Buhari has done with the National Housing Project Pilot in the 34 States that gave us land.
Once again, the President has asked me to thank all those Governors who gave us land. Because of them, we are able to employ, averagely, a thousand people at each of those sites, and this is only for the pilot stage.
And this is the heart of the matter. The reason for our theme, ‘Why Housing Can and Should be the Catalyst for Development and Sustainable Economic Growth.’
If you have been involved as I have been, you will know that the people employed at housing sites are Builders, Welders, Carpenters, Electricians, Bricklayers, Water and Food Vendors, and other suppliers along with Labourers.
They are the people who are largely paid on a daily basis or on weekly, or at best monthly basis.
These are some of the most vulnerable people in our economy as they are in other economies. Whenever Government can reach these people and provide work for them, you know that such an economy is working.
President Buhari has reached these people. I have met them and we need to do more by multiplying the Housing commitment.
But beyond building houses, there is the problem of affordability and definition.
It seems to me that whether it is to buy or to rent, affordability will always be an issue. But we must start by making clear to our people that not everyone can afford to buy or own a house, but it is ideal to at least seek to shelter everybody who has a job, by rental which is affordable.
The question therefore is that after we have provided work for these vulnerable people, which pays them weekly or monthly in arrears, is it affordable for them when they seek to rent houses, and we ask them to pay one or two years rent in advance.
This is not Government, this is us, the landlords, and we can change this by accepting monthly rent in arrears secured with their employer’s guarantee.
If this happens, we will see how housing will catalyse our economy. When my rent is matched to my income, you and I will be witnesses to a release and relief of millions of people who seek help to pay their rent even though they have a job.
As for those who wish to buy houses, mortgages are the solution and we must issue more.
The Federal Mortgage Bank is mandated to do so, not only by re-capitalisation but also by granting the following exemptions:
A) 0% equity for loans not exceeding N5million
B) Reduction of equity from 20% to 10% for loans up to N6 – 15million.
This is in addition to a planned re-capitalisation and the opening of the National Housing Fund (NHF) to non-Government employees.
Between May 2015 and July 10, 2018 the FMBN has issued 3,862 mortgages to Nigerians to acquire their own homes.
But this is not all that is happening or can happen in the Economy with an appropriate commitment to Housing.
The Oil and Gas sector can also benefit enormously from Housing if we all commit to implementing the Gas master plan.
At the moment we are under utilizing our Gas resources especially in the area of domestic use for cooking and heating.
In order to take the benefit of this gift of Nature, our Ministry is working with the Ministry of Petroleum Resources to develop standards for pipes and installations that will facilitate domestic use of Gas for cooking and heating.
Ladies and Gentlemen, these are some of the ways that housing provision can catalyze development and economic growth.
The Federal Government can, and has taken leadership by showing the way.
Large scale nationwide impact now depends on what we do at the State, Local Government and private sector levels.
Therefore I will close by urging you to do something – build a house.
Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN
Honourable Minister of Power, Works and Housing
MEMBERS OF THE HIGH TABLE AND OTHER DELEGATES AT THE PERMANENT SECRETARYS MEETING DURING THE 24TH NATIONAL COUNCIL ON WORKS
Members Of The High Table And Other Delegates At The Permanent Secretarys Meeting During The 24th National Council On Works With Theme Ensuring ValueForMoney In Nigerian Highways Development Taking Place In Birnin Kebbi Kebbi State
FASHOLAHASSAN AT THE 29TH MONTHLY POWER SECTOR OPERATORS MEETING IN MINNA NIGER STATE
Hon Minister of Power Works Housing Mr Babatunde FasholaSAN middleMinister of State Surv Suleiman Zarma Hassanright and Permanent Secretary Power Engr Louis Edozien left during the 29th Monthly Power Sector Operators Meeting hosted by Mainstream Energy Solutions Limited operators of Kainji and Jebba Hydro Power Plants on Monday13th August 2018 at the Justice Legbo Kutigi Hall Minna Niger State