DISCOs Indebtedness Hits N510.53bn In 2020

 DISCOs Indebtedness Hits N510.53bn In 2020

The indebtedness of the 11 Distribution Companies to Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc has increased to N510.53billion in 2020.

This indicates an increase of 11.2 per cent compared to N453.14billion, recorded in the corresponding period of 2019.

This debt profile accrued means that the11 Power DisCos in the country could not remit a total of N510.71 billion to the NBET for the electricity sold to them from January to December 2020.

The government-owned NBET buys electricity in bulk from generation companies through Power Purchase Agreements and sells through vesting contracts to the Discos, which then supply to the consumers.

According to NBET data, the bulk electricity trader sent an invoice value of N730.71 billion in the one-year period but only paid N220.18billion– with a balance of unremitted N510.53billion in 2020.

This is, however, against N127.82 billion paid, which had an invoice value of N580.96 billion in 2019.

Quarterly Distribution

Accordingly, in the first quarter of 2020, of the total invoice of N156.7billion issued to the DISCOs, the sum of N54.2billion of the total invoice was settled, representing 32.53 per cent to N102.5billion unremittance performance.

This is against the N161.26 billion invoice issued in the first quarter of 2019, while N33.6 billion was paid, leaving DISCOs with an unpaid NBET Invoice that rose by five percent to N123 billion.

In the second quarter, Q2, of 2020 as against the corresponding year of 2019, average invoice was N192.4billion as against N180.08billion, while N36.42 billion as against N55.10 billion invoice was paid, thereby accruing unpaid invoice of N156.01 billion as against N124.98billion recorded in 2019.

Also, in the third quarter, Q3 of 2020 as against the corresponding year of 2019, average invoice issued rose to N189.05 billion as against N179.66billion, while N50.67 billion as against N58.81 billion invoice was paid, thereby accruing unpaid invoice of N138.38billion as against N120.85billion recorded in 2019.

However, in the fourth quarter, Q4 of 2020 as against the corresponding year of 2019, average invoice issued dropped to N192.46 billion as against N193.66billion, while N84.07 billion as against N74.20 billion invoice was paid, thereby accruing unpaid invoice of N108.38billion as against N119.46billion recorded in 2019.

Kehinde Ogunyale

Freelance Investigative and Data Journalist

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