JOS ELECTRICITY DISTRIBUTION COMPANY PLC
9, Ahmadu Bello Way, Jos – Plateau State, Nigeria
Jos Electricity Distribution Plc, or Jos Disco, located in North Eastern part of Nigeria, serves a significant industrial customer base in Bauchi, Benue, Gombe and Plateau States, as well as Saminaka in Kaduna State. The Jos Disco is the fourth largest distributor in Nigeria, and its Zone covers more than 610,000 sq.km, with a combined human population of more than 13 million. Jos is the center of Nigeria’s mining industry.
Jos Disco owns and maintains the distribution network and support equipment within the Zone, manages meter installations, servicing, and building, coordinates consumer credit services, and collects revenue.
Jos Disco is one of 11 such distribution companies comprising the national distribution grid. The Transmission grid, in turn, is managed by a separate company, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) Plc.
In 2001, FGN approved a National Electric Power Policy (NEPP), followed in 2005 by the Electric Power Sector Reform (EPSR) Act. EPSRA provides the legal authority for the unbundling of Nigeria’s power utility as well as the introduction of a new regulatory scheme managed by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), an independent regulatory commission, to guarantee open access and ensure efficiency throughout the industry. EPSRA also provides for a consumer assistance fund, development of a competitive market, and establishment of a Rural Electrification Agency and Fund (REA & REF) and the Nigeria Electricity Liability Management Company (NELMCO).
Jos Distribution Company Plc was established as a public limited liability company on November 7th, 2005. Jos Disco is managed by a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who also serves as a Chief Accounting Officer and reports directly to the CEO, Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) Plc, Jos Disco’s parent company. In July 1, 2006, Jos Disco became a standalone company as a next step towards privatization.
In 1999, the FGN began an aggressive restructuring of the power sector with several aims, including introduction of efficient, private sector standards and management principles, and methodology, leading to reliable power.
The core investor sale option was adopted by the Bureau of Public Enterprise in the privatization of the eleven Distribution companies in Nigeria which include Jos Electricity Distribution Company. In this model, the Federal Government retained 40% while the Successor Company retained 60% in the franchise.
Credit: The Bureau of Public Enterprise.