The failure of president Muhammadu Buhari to constitute the federal executive Council is stalling the conclusion of the sale of Afam Power Plc and the Yola Electricity Distribution Company, an investigation has shown.
Members of the National Council on Privatisation which has the statutory role to approve the sale of the companies whose technical and financial bids have been concluded are drawn from the Federal Executive Council.
Traditionally, the minister of finance is the vice-chairman of the council which is chaired by the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbanjo. Some other members of the cabinet which has yet to be constituted by the President are members of the council.
At the financial bids opening for the two power companies in April, Transcorp Power Consortium had emerged the bid winner for 100 per cent equity in Afam Power Plc with an offer of N105.3bn.
Similarly, Quest Electricity won the bid for 60 per cent equity in Yola Electricity Distribution Plc with a bid of N19bn.
Both the management committee of the Bureau of Public Enterprises and the Technical Committee of NCP had reviewed and approved the transactions before the transactions were passed on to the NCP.
It is after the approval of NCP that BPE can invite the prospective core investors to sign Share Purchase Agreements with them. Although NCP usually follows the advice of BPE, it also has the power to cancel any transaction.
At the bid opening in Abuja, Diamond Stripes Consortium was declared the reserve bidder for Afam Power Plc with a bid of N102.39bn while Unicorn Power Generation Consortium came third with a bid of N101.05bn.
The bidding for Afam closed in the second round. At the first round of bidding, Unicorn had emerged the highest bidder with a bid of N100.45bn; Transcorp submitted a bid of N89.37bn while Diamond put in a bid of N72.73bn.
It was when the potential investors were asked to reverse their bids for a second round that Transcorp Power Consortium which already operates the Ugheli Power Plant threw in the highest bid of N105.3bn.