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Power Minister talks tough, summons AEDC, IBEDC, TCN, over poor electricity supply

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In a bid to address the deteriorating electricity supply across the country, Adebayo Adelabu, the minister of power has summoned the Chief Executives of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) and Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) over the worsening power supply in their regions.

Also summoned is the Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Sule Ahmed Abdulazeez over the deteriorating power situation.

In a letter signed by the Director, Distribution Services at the Federal Ministry of Power, Engineer B.U Mustapha, the CEOs of these institutions have been asked to attend a meeting called by the Minister in the coming week to discuss issues bothering on worsening electricity supply in their regions with a view to profer a lasting solution.

A statement by Bolaji Tunji, Special Adviser, Strategic Communications and Media Relations to the Minister quoted the

The Minister, in a statement signed by Bolaji Tunji, his special adviser on strategic communications said that the management of other non-performing DISCOs would also be queried as reports continue to filter in on situation in their regions.

“These two DISCOs have been summoned due to the worsening power supply situation in their regions despite improved supply from TCN.

“Gas shortage notwithstanding, the Ministry had been putting pressure on the Generating Companies (GENCOs) to improve performance and generation has been ramped up to over 4000MW in recent days.

“So, we expect power supply to have improved across the country, unlike what we are experiencing in some regions, presently.

“Findings revealed that some distribution companies were deliberately not taking up power supply from TCN while some power lines were also damaged by vandals in Abuja , Benin, PortHarcourt and Ibadan regions,” he said.

The Minister further noted that going forward, focus would be on all the DISCOs to compel them to meet expected performance while, wilful non- performance by any DISCO could suffice as a reason for severe punishment or outright license revocation.

The Minister has also directed TCN to immediately commence repair works on the damaged transmission towers and power lines in order to improve supply in the affected regions.

This followed the recent supervisory visit of the minister to some power generating plants in the country. The minister who visited the Kainji hydro power plant said it will soon embark on an expansion plan to boost the existing 560MW operational capacity.

He also visited Benue and Taraba States to assess the infrastructure being constructed to evacuate an additional 30 megawatts from the Kashimbilla hydo power station to the national grid. Presently, only 10MW is being evacuated from the hydro power plant.

The minister who also visited the Olorunshogo and Omotosho thermal plants in Ogun and Ondo States, Ihvobor and Azura power plants in Edo state, assured that plans were underway by the Federal government to defray part of the outstanding debts being owed the power generation companies and the gas supply companies.

“With this, succour is close to electricity consumers nationwide as we expect this action to improve generation levels across the country,” he said.