Electricity Company In Port Harcourt Wants Defaulting Consumers Arrested

electricityThe Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) is proposing that electricity users in Port Harcourt and Yenagoa metropolis that by-pass meters and reconnect themselves illegally should first be arrested before they are disconnected.

The spokesperson of the PHED, Sophilia Obire, said offenders arrest would discourage people from deliberately engaging in the fraudulent behaviour of by-passing installed meters.

A statement by Obire read: “The fact is that there have been too much stories of attacks on Disco Officials whose only crime is carrying out their legitimate duties. Fine, there are challenges in the electricity industry that needs to be addressed, it is a Nigerian problem and the Power Sector is tackling it.

“But to become outlaws as a result of this challenges and instigate a dog attack on a Disco official is taking it too far.

“The bane of meter by-pass, re-connection, power theft and vandalism has troubled the power industry and in a sense, we all are guilty one way or the other.

“While the Discos have fought the later ills with security agencies, only immediate disconnections seems to be the solution for customers who by-pass meters.

“This has constantly make them prey to customers who think nothing of their actions”.

Obire further suggested that customers who by-pass meters, re-connect themselves illegally should first be arrested before being disconnected, insisting that the practice would create sanity in the system and call the attention of the offender to the implications of their actions”.

Ogun State Partners With Germany On Rural Electrification

amosun Ogun State GovernorThe Ogun State government is in partnership with the German Government to improve power situation in rural communities in the state and enhance rapid development.

According to the Ogun state government, the partnership is aimed at bringing real development to the rural communities and reducing rural-urban migration.

The concrete steps toward power generation, through mini-grids, as an electrification instrument, is beginning with the training of some state officials on public-private participation for mini-grid development in rural communities of the state.

The German government is providing the training.

Senior officials of ministries, parastatals and government agencies and electrical engineers are being trained by the German Government to provide specific models and frameworks to improve mini-grids as an electrification instrument

Raise Standard Of Living

Representing the State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, at the one-day training session, the state Deputy Governor, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, reiterated the commitment of the government towards rural development to raise the standard of living of the rural populace.

Nigeria with a population of about 170 million people requires at least 14,000 megawatts of electricity.

Currently, 4,000 megawatts is being generated, with its attendant negative effects as manifested in high cost of finished goods and unemployment among others.

The rural communities are not immune from this wide gap, a shortfall that the Ogun State government and the German government are trying to reduce.

To ensure the success of the project, the state government has expressed its willingness to partner with relevant government agencies and genuine private operators to ensure a sustainable transformation of the state’s rural landscape.

Since the government cannot meet up with the challenge of rural electrification through the connection to the national-grid, mini-grids as an electrification instrument should be adequately explored and encouraged.

APC, Way Forward For Nigeria – Tunde Bank-Anthony

APC The All Progressives Congress (APC ) is the way forward for Nigeria, corruption would be reduced to a minimal level and the party would work on the Educational and Social Welfare of Nigerians.

This statement was made by a member of the APC, Mr Tunde Bank-Anthony, during an interview on Channels Television on Tuesday.

Mr Bank-Anthony, who spoke on how the party would accomplish their manifesto, focused on the Economy and the Power sector of the country.

While maintaining that the APC was determined to rebuild the Nigerian economy, he also shared the party’s concerns about the power sector, wondering what was really happening.

“For the past 16 years, politicians have been saying there would be power whereas there is no power,” he said.

Mr Bank-Anthony also added that one of the things that needs to be done is to block the leakages in governance  in order to reduce corruption in the country.


Transmission Company Set To Inject $8bn To Boost Electricity

Power plantTransmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) plans to inject $8 billion to upgrade its operations to achieve 20,000 megawatts electricity supply, its Executive Director, Mr Mohammed Shaike said in a statement on Monday.

Mr Shaike’s statement is coming days after the company received members of the Senate Committee on Privatisation, led by its Chairman, Senator Olugbenga Obadara who visited the company’s regional office in Oshogbo in continuation of their oversight visit to privatised enterprises in Osun State.

He told the Senators that in its determination to develop the technical manpower of the company, TCN’s Management Contractors-Manitoba International had trained some of the technical staff abroad to acquire technical and strategic skills.

The Executive Director said that TCN would work jointly with the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) to achieve the target.

Also at the briefing was the TCN’s General Manager, Mr J. Lawal, who said that the company’s power lines accommodated a maximum voltage of 330kv with its transmission coverage extended to Benin and Niger Republics.

He said that despite the low power generation from the generation companies, plans were on to upgrade the transmission lines to accommodate more voltage to distribute to the distribution companies.

According tom him, some of the challenges the company is facing are poor office accommodation, lack of safety facilities and lack of training for the technical staff.

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Privatisation, Senator Olugbenga Obadara, decried the low level of investment in power generation, which he said had resulted in unstable and unreliable power supply across Nigeria.

The Senate also visited the Nigeria Machine Tools (NMT) Limited, where its Managing Director, Mr Norbert Chukumah, gave a brief history of the company which produces spare parts based on specifications.

He said since privatisation in 2007, the company had embarked on massive rehabilitation and upgrade of its facilities to bring it to modern standards.

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Privatisation, Senator Olugbenga Obadara urged the company to approach the Capital Market to raise more funds for its operations.

Power Reforms: Senate Demands End To Estimated Billing

Power PlantThe Nigerian Senate has asked the managers of electricity to discard what it described as estimated billing in charging consumers, saying the method was not in the best interest of Nigeria and its people.

It requested that the electricity companies should instead provide pre-paid metres to meet up with modern day challenges in electricity sector.

This is in response to complaints by post-paid electricity consumers that they are billed arbitrarily by distribution companies.

During an oversight visit to some independent power station project sites in Kaduna on Saturday, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Power, Philip Aduda, urged the companies to sustain the pace of work and ensure that the project would be completed soon.

The Managing Director of Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, Mohammed Idris, said the issues of estimated billing and monthly service charge should be decided on by the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), saying that the distribution companies do not have the power to review the billing system. 

He commended the committee for its contribution to the successes recorded so far, in the on-going privatisation of the power sector.

“The new investors for Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, North West Consortium, have paid 25 per cent of the approved bid price.

“There are 18 national integrated power projects in Kaduna State, with only seven of the projects fully completed while others are at various stages of completion,” he said.

The committee visited power station sites at Gonin Gora, Narayi, Airforce Base and also the 215 Kaduna Power Plant at Kundenda.  

When completed, the power stations are expected to supply enough electricity to Kaduna metropolis and rural.

At some of the sites, the senators expressed satisfaction with the level of work executed by the contractors handling the projects, while they also asked the contractors handling the Ungwar Dosa and Mando sub station to hasten up and ensure that the projects are completed on time.

While at the 215 power plant being handled by Rockson Engineering Limited, the contractor told the committee that the project would be ready for commissioning by December 2014.              

With the assurances by the contractors handling the various power projects in Kaduna State to complete the projects on time, the lawmakers expressed optimism that the contractors would live up to expectation and be able to deliver the projects according to the stipulated period in order to improve power supply in the state.