By Oke Peter
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), on Thursday, announced a fine of N50m against the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), as a result of inappropriate financial transactions conducted by the Disco.
According to the power sector regulator, the IBEDC violated its directives in Order 173 with respect to the financial transaction in question, a development that attracted the N50m fine as a punitive measure.
In a statement issued in Abuja by the commission, it said, “Following the outcome of an open book review conducted on the financial records of IBEDC, NERC found the company wanting on two grounds of inappropriate financial transactions and (it) was subsequently fined a sum of N50m.
“The fine was on account of its failure to secure a refund of an interest free-loan the board of IBEDC granted to its core investor group.”
Information from the commission also indicated that it was reviewing the utilisation of the Nigeria Electricity Market Stabilisation Fund in all the distribution companies.
NERC stated that it had directed the IBEDC to recover the sum of N5.7bn being the balance of the inappropriate loan of N6bn granted to the IBEDMG, the core investor in the Ibadan Disco.
It said the directive was issued via Order 173, adding that the loan was sourced from a total sum of N11.367bn disbursed to the firm under the Nigeria Electricity Market Stabilisation Facility that was granted by the Central Bank of Nigeria towards the improvement of infrastructure in the company, including metering.
“The repayment of the loan to the CBN by the 11 distribution companies has continued to be made as a first charge on the revenues of the companies. NERC has reaffirmed that it will pursue the full recovery of the misused funds from the IBEDC, including the accrued interest at the Nigerian Inter-Bank Offered Rate, plus 10 per cent,” the commission added.