The Federal Government said it had restored 80 per cent of the electricity transmission and distribution installations damaged by insurgents in the North-East, which has resulted in an incremental and improved supply to customers in the Yola DisCo’s franchise areas.
Disclosing this in Yola, Adamawa State on Monday, while giving his opening remarks at the 27th Power Sector Operators’ meeting, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, stated that 33KV transmission lines in areas like Damboa, Madagali, Maiduguri, Damasak, Gombi, Mubi, Wukari among others, had been restored.
He commended the management of Yola Disco for the success recorded in the management of the company despite the declaration of a force majeure by the initial owners of the company, adding that the success story of Yola Disco epitomized change and spoke eloquently of the federal government’s roadmap of incremental power. “It is obvious that incremental power is returning to the customers within the Yola Disco franchise, this was obvious from my first visit to inspect resumption of work at the substations.
“The Maiduguri Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) substation, the Mayo-Belwa TCN substation and the installed distribution infrastructure which had been damaged by insurgents have become fully operational. “There are testimonies from customers and big-time farmers in Adamawa that they are getting regular supply from the national grid,” the Minister said, adding that “This is what change means, and it is consistent with our roadmap of incremental power.” According to him, Gov Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi had reported that most local governments in his state were getting 18 hours to 20 hours supply of power from Kaduna Disco.
Fashola added that efforts were being made to supply electricity to people yet to be reached while
Reiterating Federal Government’s planned intervention in the distribution value chain to help deliver the 2,000MW that was constrained by distribution equipment
Minister of State II, Power, Works and Housing, Suleiman Hassan Zarma, has stated that the Federal Government plans to invest over N72 billion to electric distribution companies in the Country to boost power supply and increase consumers’ confidence
The Minister, who disclosed this during the commissioning of a 1x30MVA 132/33KV power transformer at Gombe Transmission Sub-station, urged DisCos to improve their network so that the massive investment can lead to economic growth and development in the country. The project will also strengthen the grid stability in meeting with the load demand that is being suppressed and also boost power supply with additional 30MVA (24MV) capacity.
With the upgrading and commissioning of the new substation, the Minister said there will be remarkable improvement in the power generation along the Jos Distribution Company’s network, noting that the investment would strengthen grid infrastructure for enhanced wheeling capacity that offers redundancy, consistent with the requirements of N-1 reliability criterion
To further address the energy challenge in the country, the Minister of Power. Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, said Federal Government is committed to providing stable power for over 37,000 shops in Ariaria International market, Aba, Abia State, saying the project is a Presidential mandate to the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) working with the Ministry to energize the market under the Federal Government’s Energizing Economies Initiative.
The Minister disclosed this on Thursday 17th May, 2018 when he undertook an inspection tour of Federal Government’s Power projects in the South East Geopolitical Zone.
According to the Minister, electrification of the market became necessary, given the huge cost incurred by traders in powering their generators to run their businesses. He also stated that provision of electricity in the market would change the many years narrative of no power to run the economy, given the important role Micro, Small and Medium scale Enterprises play in driving the economy and boosting made in Nigeria products and the ease of doing business.
Fielding questions from newsmen after the inspection, Fashola said the Power Sector Recovery Programme (PSRP) is achieving the envisaged purpose of boosting electricity in the county, saying “ the proof of the impact of the programme on the populace was no longer a matter of lip – service but could be seen and experienced by the people”. Ebube Theophilus, a shop owner in the market attested to the fact that there was now constant supply of light and better customer service. Saying before now, “the light goes off for like 3 days to one week. But now it only goes off for like ten to thirty minutes only and the voltage is high, unlike before, when the voltage is very low”. For this, she expressed profound gratitude to the Buhari led Administration.
“We are so happy with the Federal Government for having this kind of project in the market” says Ngozi Joel, another shop owner who expressed joy at the gesture. While another, Stephen Ezenwa, when asked by the Minister on his impression, said “it is very very ok. For one year, we have been enjoying uninterrupted electricity supply”.
Many Nigerians are experiencing electricity service disruptions caused by the heavy rainfall of the last few days. Heavy rainfall and high winds common at this time of year can damage electricity lines and other installations. When that happens electricity services can fail or they can be switched off for safety reasons or to prevent permanent damage. Such service disruptions are not peculiar to Nigeria.
The Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and the Distribution Companies are working hard to restore services to affected customers and to minimize these seasonal disruptions across the country. An important part of these efforts are numerous ongoing projects to build new more resilient distribution lines and to reinforce existing ones.
Customers are therefore advised to report any service disruptions, or any observed damage to a distribution line, to the responsible Disco through the following customer care numbers and e-mail addresses:
1. Abuja Disco 08150181818, 08150191919 firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Benin Disco 08039012323, customercare@ bedcpower.com
3. Eko Disco 07080655555 and 08129928282-3, customercare@ ekedp.com
4. Enugu Disco 08121020423 customerservice@ engudisco.com
5. Ibadan Disco 09053698864, 09059000065 customercare@ iedc.com
6. Ikeja Disco 07000225543 customercare@ ikejaelectric.com
7. Jos Disco 07069403531 customercare@ jedplc.com
8. Kaduna Disco 08023335731, 08174035711 info@ka dunalectric.com
9. Kano Disco 07005555111 customercare@kedco
10. PH Disco 07002255743 customercare @ phed.com
11. Yola Disco 09038853308 customercare @ yedc.com
The Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, the industry regulator, are determined that Discos and all operators in the electricity industry continue to improve electricity supply to Nigerians
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN has commissioned a 132/33KV transmission substation with a 40MVA transformer at Mayo Belwa town in Adamawa State.
Fashola also revealed a decision of the Federal Government to invest N72 billion as a shareholder loan and intervention to the 11 Distribution Companies (DisCos), approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
The Minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Power, Louis Edozien, charged the 11 DisCos to invest more in their networks to complement the Transmission Company of Nigeria’s (TCN) grid expansion following the N72bn commitment from Government. The new 40MVA (32MW capacity) Mayo Belwa substation now serves over seven towns of the state including Mayo Belwa, Numan, Jada and Lamorde.
Minister of State II for Power, Works and Housing, Surv. Suleiman Hassan Zarma on Tuesday said that the newly installed 225MVAR Capacitor Bank at the Keffi Power Substation would be commissioned in October 2018.
The Capacitor Bank project was executed by Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA)), through bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and Japan to boost electricity in Nassarawa State and its environs.
The Minister who was at the station as part of his inspection tour of Federal Government’s project in the North Central Geopolitical Zone said the project would also improve power access to the Agro processing and Small Allied Industries as well as improve economic activities in the Area. According to him, “it would help the farmers and Agro Allied industries. For those who need to power their farm processing equipment, they would find the improvement useful. The Capacitor Bank is like a battery. It boosts the power whenever there is low current”.
Zarma explained that the Japanese government’s intervention project was a demonstration of confidence reposed on the current Administration, saying that the substation is expected to power Akwanga, Keffi, Nassarawa, Karu and other rural parts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), emphasizing that it would boost quality of power supply to customers, improve the economy and well being of the people.
The Managing Director, Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), Chiedu Ugbo, has disclosed that the Company has completed over 25 distribution projects in the North-Eastern States of Adamawa, Yobe, Bauchi, Borno, Taraba and Gombe respectively.
Ugbo, who led the Management team on a courtesy visit to the Adamawa State Governor, Senator Mohammad Umar Jibrilla Bindow, in Yola on Monday 14th May, 2018, said NDPHC is expanding power infrastructure in the region, including renewable energy to mitigate economic situation, emphasizing on the need to expand distribution infrastructure in Nigeria, saying it would reduce the problem of stranded power.
The completed 16 injection sub-stations, comprising 1x7.5MVA 33/11KV and the intervention projects, had been handed over to Yola DisCo to boost the supply of electricity to its customers in the region. He listed the locations of the projects in Adamawa to include, Mubi, Numan, Jabbi, Konar, Girei, Gushua, old Powerhouse, SPY, Dumne, Diima and Tinde Laro. For Yobe, the projects were sited in Potiskum, Damaturu, while Taraba and and Gombe had theirs in Wukari, Jalingo, Riyal and Bauchi road; For Borno and Bauchi states, he said the projects were stationed in Boma, Bui, Gombe road, and Misau road.
Ugbo, who further listed the intervention projects to include supply and delivery of transformers and distribution materials required for reconstruction and rehabilitation of 26.5km 33kV injection sub-station with associated 11kV line networks at Nguru, said nine of these projects, were initiated under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Administration.
NDPHC has also embarked on the development of solar Home System for households, adding that the company had successfully deployed about 20,000 units in this scheme through Azuri Technology in the first phase of the project, adding that states across Nigeria have indicated interest in expanding power facilities through the government owned company, and that NDPHC has the capacity to deliver necessary projects across the country. “Everybody wants NDPHC to do more. That shows the level of confidence they have in us and I want to say that we have done well in terms of projects delivery. We have the capacity to do more,” Ugbo said.
Due to constant rehabilitation and turn around maintenance of equipment in the last one year at Akangba Transmission Sub-Region in Surulere Local Government Area of Lagos State, there have been consistent increase in its wheeling capacity, just as the station would soon be transmitting one Giga Watt (1000MW), power in the sub-region.
This was disclosed by the Assistant General Manager of the sub-region, Engr. Anthony Dim, during the presentation of the sub-region to Journalists and staff of the Ministry on Wednesday 25th April, 2018 at the sub-region in Lagos, adding that it is one of the oldest transmission sub-station in the country, commissioned in 1968 with 4 x 90MVA transformers.
He further disclosed that rehabilitation and turn around maintenance of the station has increased flexibility in the operation of the sub-region as equipment can easily be taken in and out for regular maintenance. Engr. Dim further revealed that very soon the sub-region would increase its wheeling capacity from 660MW to 1000MW capacity, saying that a lot has been achieved in the sub-region as it presently has transformers of 4 x90MVA, 2 x 180MVA and 1 x 300MVA capacities.
He gave the assurance that once the 300MVA Transformer is installed, the sub-region would achieve the target of 1000MW wheeling capacity, which would increase power supply to Eko DisCo's franchise areas.
Consistent with President Muhammadu Buhari’s Policy on Incremental Power, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has energized and commissioned into service three new 132/33kV power transformers. Two of the 60MVA Transformers were commissioned at Calabar and Uyo, while the 30MVA transformer at Alimosho Transmission Substation in Lagos was replaced with a 100MVA. The upgrade has raised the cumulative capacities of the substations by 190 Mega Volt Amp.
The capacities of Calabar, Uyo and Alimosho 132/33kV substations prior to the commissioning was 180MVA, 120MVA and 160MVA respectively. The three substations have been upgraded to 240MVA, 180MVA and 230MVA for Calabar, Uyo and Alimosho after the commissioning.
The upgraded substation in Calabar, which was commissioned by the Head of the Service of the Federation Mrs. Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, is expected to improve the quality of power supply to the customers of Port Harcourt Distribution Company in the following areas; Calabar Municipality, Calabar South, Odukpani, Bakassi, Ogoja, Ikom, Yakuur, Itigidi, Ugep, Obudu and environs.
At Uyo, the 60MVA Transformer was commissioned by His Excellency the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Emmanual Udom, is expected to improve power supply to customers in the following communities of Port Harcourt Distribution Company; Uyo, Oron, Ikot – Ekpene, Abak, Ethan, Airport and environs, while the 100MVA transformer at Alimosho, commissioned by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Lagos State, Adebowale, is expected to significantly improve power supply to customers of Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company in the following areas; Agege, Abule Egba, Ekoro, Ajasa Command, Gowon Estate, Shagari Estate, Okunola, Idimu Road, Olorun Adaba, Shasha, Santos Layout, Akowonjo, Orile Agege, Aribania, Dopemu Oko Oba, Tower Aluminium, Iju Road and Tabontabon.
The Nigerian government and the World Bank are working out finance models to fund the growing mini-grid industry in Nigeria. The likely system being planned is a limited subsidy structure that will see mini-grid constructors paid for every connection, Development Finance reports.
The Managing Director of the Rural Electrification Agency, Damilola Ogunbiyi, said private funding is needed to boost the off-grid industry: “The power sector in Nigeria should be driven by private funding, innovation, and technology, which can achieve [energy] access much faster than the public sector. It needs to be private sector-driven access model for Nigeria.”
Government had introduced a mini-grid policy last year to pull investment into rural areas. Ogunbiyi, however, noted that the private sector cannot electrify the most remote communities in the country, with special reference to hospitals schools that are unlikely to attract private partners on market terms only. She also pointed out that REA’s mandate was also expanded to include the provision of electricity to medium and small-scale enterprises in urban areas.
ONGOING EARLY WORKS IV OF THE SECOND NIGER BRIDGE CURRENTLY AT 446 PER CENT COMPLETED
Ongoing Early Works IV of the Second Niger Bridge currently at 446 per cent Completed
BOSS MUSTAPHA FASHOLA NGIGE HASSAN AT THEONEDAY PUBLIC ENLIGHTENMENT ON DEVELOPMENTS IN THE ROAD SECTOR IN ABUJA
Representative of the President Secretary to the Federal Government Mr Boss Gida Mustapha 2nd leftHon Minister of Power Works Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN2nd rightHonMinister of Labour and Employment Dr Chris Ngigeright and the Corps Marshal Federal Road Safety Corps Dr Boboye Oyeyemi leftduring the Opening Session of the One Day Public Enlightenment on Developmentsin the Road Sectororganized by the Ministry of Power Works and Housingat the Nigeria Air Force Conference Centre Abuja on Monday 19th March 2018