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The major purpose of this study is to ascertain the effect of privatization and commercialization on nigeria economy using power holding company of nigeria ekwulobia as a case study. The reason behind using the power holding company of nigeria is because it is one of the public enterprises that its product has the widest consumption. The population of the study consisted of 254 workers in phcn ekwulobia anambra state. The sample size was determined using yaro yamene formular. The sample of 155 out of 254 was drawn using simple random sampling. Five research questions were formulated which guide the study. A structured questionnaire was developed and validated for use. Table and percentage were used to answer the research questions. The major findings of the study were: (1) there is general discontent by the public about phcn’s service (2) there was serious fluctuating power supply from late 1992 to date (3) political instability has contributed to the problems of phcn (4) phcn has not registered as a public limited company. It was concluded that: based on the findings of the study, the following conclusions were made. (i) the general public were dissatisfied with the poor services of the power holding company. (ii) the serious fluctuation in the supply of power by the power holding company was caused by breakdown of the power holding company’s power station at egbin. (iii) political instability in our country has made it difficult for the successful privatization of power holding company’s. Based on the findings of this study and the conclusions drawn from it, the following recommendations were made. (i) company holding company of nigeria should establish a good public relation by improving on their quality of service. (ii) there should be total rehabilitation and frequent maintenance of the power stations and other electric generating equipment so as to solve problem of fluctuation. (iii) the frequent change in the government should be curtailed or minimized so as to enable efficiency and effectiveness in the performances of power holding company of nigeria. (iv) efforts should be made by the government and stakeholders for the successful commercialization of power holding company of nigeria.
TITLE PAGE i
APPROVAL PAGE ii
TABLE OF CONTENTS xi
2.0 LITERATURE REVIEW 16
2.1 THE EFFECT OF PRIVATIZATION AND COMMERCIALIZATION 17
IN OTHER COUNTRIES 22
2.3 PRIVATIZATION AND COMMERCIALIZATION
IN NIGERIA 24
2.4 OBJECTIVES OF THE PRIVATIZATION AND COMMERCIALIZATION PROGRAMME. 30
DATA ANALYSIS AND DISCUSSION 56
SUMMARY OF FINDINGS, CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS AND SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY 62
5.1 SUMMARY OF THE FINDINGS 62
5.2 CONCLUSION 63
5.3 RECOMMENDATIONS 63
5.4 LIMITATIONS OF THE STUDY 65
5.5 SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER RESEARCH 65
BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
The import substitution policy of the post independence Nigeria led to the establishment of industries. Apart from this prime motivation for import substitution, there was the need to create jobs for the growing educated youths, the need of industrialization and the ideological argument that the government should control, regulate and supervise the commending heights of the then nascent economy.
Furthermore, there was the need to strive to catch up with the developed countries of the world and since the indigenous businessmen and managers were neither technically nor financially ready to assume the catalyst role which their counterparts in the developed countries were playing; government felt obliged to fill the investment gap.
The obvious imperfections in the market oriented economics in terms of resources allocation to the more profitable but less preferred sectors of the economy was yet another reason for government intervention in the economy.
The sum total of these is that between 1960 and 1980 the various governments in Nigeria both at federal and state levels established numerous industries. The core characteristics of most of these industries were inefficiency in the utilization of resources and their consequent dependence on the public treasury for subvention. Therefore, these adverse operating conditions could not make for rational economic decisions. Consequently, these enterprises and their management lost their mission and became pipes for wastages, agencies for political patronage and generally parasites on the national and state treasuries. However, by the late 80’s, the glut in the world oil market set in and it suddenly devoured on policy makers that the revenue from oil was significantly below the requirement for the sustenance of these money-guzzling ventures. There then arose the need for reprioritization of economic policies and the need to release the energy in economy suppressed by bureaucracy and undue control.
Government both at the federal and state levels came to realize that goals of economic growth, full employment, rapid industrialization and high standard of living noble as they could not be actualized without the active participation and leadership of the private sector. It was further realized that excessive controls of government in the national economy encourage inefficiency, corruption and low capital formation. There was therefore need for invitation to private individuals and organizations to assume the role of activation and management of the national economy while the government lays the broad framework for the growth of industry and commerce. There was also the need for the infection of private sector enterprises for profitability and efficiency, hence the privatization and commercialization policy.
1.2 STATEMENT OF PROBLEMS.
Inefficient management and corruption have bedeviled the Power Holding Company of Nigeria since its inception. This is most evident in its power generation, transmission, and distribution as well as in the appointment of board members. This inefficiency has subsequently led to inadequate supply of electricity to consumers.
There is also lack of dedication to duty on the part of the staff and management of the corporation. This mostly accounts for the poor financial returns it derives from its services. The staffs are rough in using the company’s equipment and tools in providing electricity to consumers at the expense of the authority. There were complaints of corruption in power distribution whereby the management seeks qualification first before approving of extension of electricity to consumers. This often robs the authority of huge revenue they would had should electricity is distributed without any form of restriction(s).
PHCN ever since its inception in 2005 from former NEPA has undergone and is still undergoing stringent statutory and administrative control, which hinders the management from using their initiatives when necessary.
1.3 PURPOSE OF STUDY
The major purpose of this study was to determine the effect of privatization and commercialization on PHCN, Ekwulobia business unit (branch) in Anambra State. Specifically, the study was to:
1.4 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
Very little is known about the privatization and commercialization programme. Consequently, many people are yet to appreciate the reason and objectives of the programmes. This research is significant in the following ways:
1.5 SCOPE OF STUDY
This study was delimited to the effect of privatization and commercialization of Power Holding Company of Nigeria Ekwulobia Branch, Anambra State. No attempt was made to look into the effect of privatization and commercialization on other corporations and organizations.
This study sought answers to the following research questions.
1.7 BRIEF HISTORY OF PHCN
PHCN means Power Holding Company of Nigeria. It is a body that is in responsible for the supply of light and power in the whole country. Power Holding Company of Nigeria was formed in 2005, which was formerly known as NEPA: meaning National Electric Power Authority. This body existed since 1972 following the amalgamation of Electricity Corporation of Nigeria and the Niger Dam Authority under Decree of 1972 and since then it was the only statutory provider of electricity to the whole public. PHCN has no competitor even up till now that the name had change from NEPA to PHCN. It has its power stations and offices in many parts of the country, there is also Hydro-stations at Kainji at Oji River in Enugu State, one in Nebba and other places. In Anambra state, there are PHCN offices like in places like Onitsha, Nnewi, Awka, Ekwulobia, Oko, Ajalli etc.
1.8 DEFINITION OF TERMS.