The Federal Government has directed that certain customers can now buy electricity directly from Generation Companies (GenCos), thereby by-passing the Distribution Companies (DisCos), who have opposed the move saying the electricity market was immature and not competitive to declare these eligible customers, Daily Trust reports.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola declared the “Customers Eligibility” in a statement issued by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) on Friday. Section 27 of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act (EPSRA) 2005 permits such customers to buy power from a licensee other than the 11 electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos).

Fashola declared four categories that can buy power from GenCos by signing a Distribution Use of System (DUOS) to use the DisCos networks or through the Transmission Use of System (TUoS) if they are larger industries connected to the facilities of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) directly.