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Profile on Electric Power Department
The Electric Power Department is directly responsible for the implementation of the reform and privatization of the Nigerian electric power sector. The privatization strategies include core investor sale, asset sale, concession and management contract. The department’s remit also include the management of resulting labour challenges and some aspects of post-privatization issues.
The Electric Power Department served as the Secretariat of the Electric Power Implementation Committee (EPIC)—a Steering Committee of the National Council on Privatisation (NCP) which created the Electric Power Policy document that was approved by Federal Executive Council (FEC) in 2001.
It also managed the process that led to the enactment of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act 2005 (EPSRA) and drove the implementation of EPSRA through the establishment of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Nigerian Electricity Liability Management Company (NELMCO), Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading (NBET), Rural Electrification Agency (REA), National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) and Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA).
The department managed the process that led to the establishment of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) in May 2005 as a holding company for the assets and liabilities of the defunct vertically integrated National Electric Power Authority (NEPA).
The process for the creation of six Generation companies (GenCos), one Transmission company and 11 Distribution companies (DisCos) from PHCN in November 2005 was also managed by the department.
The department midwifed the privatisation of the successor companies as it conducted road-shows in Lagos, Dubai, London, New York and Johannesburg between December 2010 and January 2011, before the submission of Expression of Interest (EOI) by investors. The Bureau received 331 Expressions of Interest for the GenCos and DisCos on March 4, 2011—25 bids for GenCos on July 17, 2012 and 54 bids for DisCos on July 31, 2012.
The process for the financial bids opening for nine approved GenCo bidders that was conducted on September 12, 2013 and for 31 approved DisCo bidders conducted on October 29, 2012 led to the handover of the privatized successor companies to investors on November 1, 2013.
The department, in conjunction with the Bureau’s Labour unit and other stakeholders, is in the process of resolving labour issues, which is a key component of the privatization programme. It managed the negotiations with the unions over a period of 14 months that birthed an agreement that was signed on December 12, 2012. The department has managed the process of PHCN staff verification and payment and so far 46,771(98%) of the total staff strength of PHCN of 47,913 have been paid their severance and pension entitlements. Also, 2,953(68%) of the 4,318 retired staff/beneficiaries have been paid via a process managed by the department.
The department is working with internal and external stakeholders in order to implement the Federal Government Power Sector Recovery Plan which was approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in March 2017.
The objective of the plan is to resolve the challenges that are facing the DisCos, GenCos and the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and the rest of the sector so that they can deliver on their mandates.
Enterprises in The Department
1.   DisCos
The eleven enterprises have been privatised. Following the security challenges in the North-east, Yola Distribution Company was returned to the Federal Government and is being managed by an employee of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing.
a.    Abuja Distribution Company;      
b.    Benin Distribution Company;
c.    Eko Distribution Company;
d.    Enugu Distribution Company;
e.    Ibadan Distribution Company;
f.     Yola Distribution Company;
g.    Ikeja Distribution Company;
h.    Jos Distribution Company;
i.     Kano Distribution Company;
j.     Port Harcourt Distribution Company; and
k.    Kaduna Distribution Company
2.   GenCos
The seven enterprises have been privatised. However, Afam Power Plc transaction has not been concluded and the Bureau is in the process of re-starting the privatisation of the enterprise.
a.    Afam Power Plc;
b.    Ughelli Power Plc;
c.    Geregu Power Plc;
d.    Kainji Power Plc;
e.    Shiroro Hydro Power Plc;
f.     Sapele Power Plc; and
g.    Egbin Power Plc.
3.   Transmission
a.    Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).
Manitoba Hydro International Nigeria Limited (MHINL) was engaged as management contractor for the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN). The contract was executed on July 23, 2012 for a period of three years, renewable for another two years. However, the management contract was renewed for one year and ended on July 31, 2016.

 Director's Profile

IBRAHIM BABAGANA is the Director, Electric Power (EP) Department. He joined the services of the Bureau of Public Enterprises as an Assistant Director (Human Resource) in 2001. He has since served in various capacities across the Bureau, including the then Industry and Manufacturing department, Oil and Gas department, Industry and Services department and Post Privatization Monitoring department.
As Director, Electric Power department, he led the power team that successfully privatized 11 distribution companies, 5 generation companies of the then Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) and engaged a management contractor for the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).
Babagana, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Bayero University, Kano and a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Lagos (1986), began his career with the University of Maiduguri, as a lecturer, where he taught sociology between 1984 and 1996.  He also worked with the then National Electricity Power Authority (NEPA) as a Senior Manager (Recruitment).
He has attended several national and international courses in management and strategy in the United States of America, Europe and South Africa. He has also presented several industry related papers in international power forums in America, Europe, Asia and South Africa.
Born June 2, 1959, Babagana, who enjoys travelling and walking, is married with children.