TVCE (ABUJA) – There are strong indications that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) may resume disbursement of N213 billion power intervention funds next month.
This is coming following the planned implementation of the new electricity tariff regime slated for take-off on February 1.
The facilities with 10 years repayment period at 10 per cent interest, was created to assist the electricity generation and distribution companies to upgrade their facilities through the purchase and installation of new equipment such as turbines, transformers and meters, among others.
The decision to create the facility was necessitated by the increasing inability of the generation and distribution to meet their responsibilities and required service delivery, because from the period of handover to the private sector in November 2013 to the end of 2014, the power sector already had a shortfall of about N290 billion in expected revenue.
However, shortly after rolling out the loan facility with a few generation and distribution companies as beneficiaries, the Governor of CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele in October last year announced the suspension of the disbursement.
According to him, the apex bank had issues it needed to resolve with the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET), adding the fund has been of great help for the beneficiaries but some things needed to be resolved before the CBN continues to release the funds.