Obiano Commissions Orumba Electricity Project

Obiano Commissions Orumba Electricity Project The Anambra State Governor, Willie obiano, has commissioned the Orumba electricity project.

Over 30 communities in Orumba North and South Local Government Areas of Anambra state and other neighboring communities in Abia state are to benefit from the 10 megawatts electrification project by the Anambra state government.

Governor Willie Obiano expressed appreciation to both the Enugu state government and the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, (EEDC), for the public-private partnership initiative.

According to him, most of the residents have not had electricity supply in the last 11 years but with the new development, they should expect to have at least 18 hours of power supply per day.

The Director of Operations, EEDC, commended the governor for the initiative.

Most of the residents expressed profound joy over the commissioning, as it was disclosed that the projects would cover over 47 kilometers from Oji River to Orumba and it is a dedicated feeder line that is exclusive to the three communities.

Obinao, however challenged the citizens to take ownership and safeguard the installation.

Power Failure To Be Ameliorated Soon, Fashola Assures Anambra Citizens

power_ministerThe Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has assured citizens of Anambra State that power failure would soon be a thing of the past as the Federal Government is doing all to improve its supply across the country, as well as all other irregularities being experienced.

This is in response to several protests in some areas in Anambra state over the prolonged power failure as well as the outrageous bills being slammed on citizens by the power operating company, Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC).

Residents of Ngozika Housing Estate, Awka, and the Awka North and South Association of traders dominated the protesting group, claiming that they were adversely affected by the prolonged power failure and outrageous exploitation of citizens through the billing system.

Their grouse with the EEDC, included prolonged power failure in their areas which they claim started since 2013 and the outrageous bills between 7,000 and 8,000 Naira slammed on them monthly by the electricity company despite the blackout.

Furthermore, it was alleged that the management of the EEDC never responded to the complaints and accusations levelled against them.

They appealed to both the State and the Federal Government to intervene in the matter and also enforce the distribution of pre-paid meters as it would help stop the Estimated Bill practice.

Mr Fashola, who was on a working visit to the State Governor, Willie Obiano, however gave a comprehensive detail of the events of the power sector including the three pronged plans of the government and issues of gas sabotage that had dwindled power generation causing a loss of 3000 megawatts.

He stated that activities of the Niger Delta Militants were part of the problems which led to the country losing about 3,000 megawatts on the western axis of the Niger Delta.

“Our strategy is a three pronged approach; short term, medium term and long term.

“In the short term, what we want to achieve is incremental power, the power is not enough.

“Unfortunately as we are gaining power in some places, we are expanding transmission and the transmission grid can now take 7000 megawatts but we are losing the power generation to gas sabotage and vandalism.

“So today, when we can evacuate 7000 MW we don’t have the fuel to fire the turbines because of the conflict in the Niger Delta.

“We are working to resolve those conflicts, you saw the Vice President during his Niger Delta visit, trying to generate peace so that we can resume production.

“More fuel also means more gas, and more gas means more power but if you follow what we have been doing, we are completing transmission lines, awarding new ones over the last seven or eight months, some of the power plants too are going to be finished this year, Gurara will be finished this year, Kaduna will be finished this year, Kashim Bila will be later in the year or early 2019.

“We are working to deliver some solar initiatives also to penetrate communities that have not seen power.

“These are some of our continuing plans for incremental power and also to address the liquidity issues in gas generation and also in distribution.

The former Lagos State Governor, announced an upcoming nationwide power audit to ascertain consumer power consumption rate and crosscheck the corresponding tariff to ensure its suitability so as to ensure that consumers do not pay more or less tariff and as such no one is being cheated.

He gave the assurance that the Federal Government would also address the metering system, having observed the agony people are subjected to with the estimated billing practice.

 

“When the census is being done, stay where you live, don’t move home to the village because that’s where we will know where you need power. If we don’t know how many people that need power, then we will never give enough.

“We are addressing metering issue with the DISCOs too, we know your experience with estimated billing, but it takes time to get to each house, we need to do a power audit and know the kind of consumption you are making, because there are different classes of consumers, there’s the R-one, a very basic consumer, vulnerable people, their own tariff has not changed, it is N4 per kilowatt hour.”

On solar initiatives, the Minister reiterated that in order to penetrate remote communities that had been in darkness all their lives, the idea was in the medium term plan when there would have been an increase in power generation and distribution.

Awka Residents Protest Against Poor Electricity Supply

EEDC, Awka, Protest, electricityElectricity consumers in Awka the Anambra state capital, have called on the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company to speed up the installation of transformers, that would aid in the improvement of power supply in the area.

In a protest involving mainly traders from various communities, residents of Awka stormed the office of the EEDC carrying placards with various inscriptions.

According to them, the persistent low power supply is badly hurting their businesses.

Electricity is a basic necessity with which many businesses can thrive.

However, the absence of it has caused a lot of discomfort for business owners who compulsorily have to resort to other means to generate power or face the risk of a fallen business.

Hospitals, media organisations, SME’s such as frozen food sellers, beauty salons, cyber businesses among others have to run on generators which consume a lot of fuel and eat deep into their pockets.

With the pump price of fuel having recently gone up and the current economic situation in Nigeria, business owners continue to complain of little profit to show for their efforts.

In a bid to help the economic situation, many financial analysts have offered various suggestions on diversifying the economy of the oil-focused nation, back into areas like agriculture and manufacturing.

There are hopes that as financial institutions, the government and the private sector jointly work towards stabilising the economy, SMEs in Nigeria would soon begin to find doing business less difficult.

Blackout In Oil Rich Oguta Becomes Unbearable For Residents

Blackout in Nigeria's Oguta town in Imo State Residents of Oguta town and neighbouring communities, under the Imo State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (ISOPEDEC) are venting anger over total blackout of electricity supply in their area, which they claimed has been so for over five years.

Their anger took a new dimension few days ago when indigenes of the community both young and old took to the streets to protest the continued neglect and alleged marginalisation in terms of electricity supply by the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) and the Imo State Government.

The residents said it had become obvious that the EEDC and ISOPADEC were not in any way thinking of providing them electricity even though they were ‘the goose that laid the golden egg’.

When contacted, the Managing Director of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, Mr Robert Dickerman, debunked claims that they had stayed five years without electricity.

Counter-Claims

He said it was just about six months that the area had not had power, a situation he said was due to the fact that the state government through ISOPADEC had not fulfilled their promise of payment of electricity bills for ISOPADEC communities in a long time.

The MD maintained that the debts owed by the state government to EEDC was over 70 million Naira.

The Managing director said the company was willing to negotiate a new deal with the state government to solve the lingering issue.

Meanwhile, the state government through the Deputy Chief of Staff Operations and Former ISOPADEC Managing Director, Kingsley Uju, in an interview with Channels Television maintained that the state government had always fulfilled its promise by paying EEDC monthly as stipulated in the agreement.


He said two months ago, a sum of 5.5 million Naira was paid to EEDC through the ISOPADEC office for electricity supply in Oguta and its environs.

He appealed to the people to channel their grievance to EEDC and not to the state government.

Mr Uju, however, said the government would meet with the EEDC and ISOPADEC communities to find a lasting solution to the issue.

As the EEDC and state government continue to trade blames on whether it is six months or five years, what is paramount in the minds of Oguta people is to enjoy uninterrupted power supply, like other major oil producing areas in the Niger Delta.

Electricity Consumers Go Against Tariff Increase

ElectricitySome electricity consumers in Abia State southwest Nigeria have expressed their displeasure over the planned tariff increase.

This is because of the purported high bills given to them by the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, which they said vary on a monthly basis.

One of the electricity consumers, Gloria Abiakam, said that the bill could sometimes amount to 79,000 Naira which they were forced to pay for, even when the lights were not available to them to use.

They urged those in authority to reverse the trend, saying it was affecting the masses.

The consumers also called on the Federal government to make the prepaid meters available.