• Power outage: FG seeks AfDB’s support for distribution network expansionPublished on October 24 2017
    AS the nation continues to grapple with epileptic electricity supply, the Federal Government has made passionate appeal to the management of African Development Bank, AfDB, to assist in expanding its power distribution network. The Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Mustapha Baba Shehuri made the appeal at a meeting between officials of the Ministry and AfDB in Abuja. File photo: Blackout The minister noted that with support of the AfDB and other development partners, generation and transmission capacities in the country has increased to an all-time high of 7,001MW and 6, 800MW respectively. Shehuri, therefore, added that the only area that needs more attention from the Development Partners is that of expansion of distribution network. […]
  • TCN: Nigeria’s Distribution Network Below Universal StandardPublished on October 24 2017
    The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has disclosed that in line with standard operational practices in the global power market, Nigeria’s electricity network was still far below the marks. It said while transmission networks are usually expected to be twice a country’s generation capacity, the distribution networks are in turn expected to be twice the capacity of the transmission, but at the moment, the distribution network has remained the lowest in terms of capacity in the value chain. TCN’s interim Managing Director, Mr. Usman Mohammed, stated this in an interview with journalists at the 20th edition of the monthly power sector operators’ meeting in Owerri, Imo state. He said ideally, the distribution network should have the capacity to take up to 28,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity. […]
  • Enugu disco cautions banks against forged electricity billPublished on October 23 2017
    The management of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) has cautioned banks and other related institutions to very electricity bills tender for opening accounts purposes. Head of Communications, Emeka Ezeh, says staff of EEDC whose names and phone numbers appear on the electricity bills for ease of customer engagement, are embarrassed as a result of some consumers’ fraudulent activities. Eze appeal to banks to be cautious and ensure they carry out extensive check and verification of any EEDC electricity bill tendered for account opening purpose as proof of address.[…]
  • Senate Committee holds interactive session on PowerPublished on October 23 2017
    The Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy had an interactive session with the Rural Electrification Agency (REA)Management, Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET) Management, National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) Management and Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) Management. Senate chamber The Chairman of the Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe led the opening prayer at 12:58pm. Other Senators present at the meeting were Senator Aliyu Sabi, Senator Lanre Tejuoso, Senator Ahmed Ogembe, Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi, Senator Ben Murray Bruce and Senator Mustapha Bukar.[…]
  • Nigeria: ‘Nigeria Needs $15.6 Billion in Three Years to Tackle Energy Deficiency’Published on October 23 2017
    The President of the Nigerian Association for Energy Economics (NAEE), Prof. Wumi Iledare, has disclosed that about $15.6billion would be required to provide stable electricity in the country. He made the disclosure yesterday in Abuja, at the 2017 World Energy Day. According to him, the Federal Government and the private sector could mobilize the resources, if the right policies are put in place. Iledare also canvassed the revival of the oil and gas sectors to actualize the dream. The NAEE president urged support for both state and local councils to participate in the power sector development, through the provision of an enabling framework. The association lamented the inability of Nigeria to turn her huge renewable and non-renewable energy potential into realized dream to support rapid economic growth, job creation and poverty reduction. […]
  • Policeman breaks electricity worker’s leg for disconnecting ex-IG’s housePublished on October 23 2017
    A worker with the Eko Electricity Distribution Company, Dele Ogundele, has been hospitalised after he was allegedly brutalised by a police sergeant attached to a house reportedly owned by a former Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar. PUNCH Metro learnt that the mobile policeman, Attah Aninoko, on Thursday dragged down Ogundele from an electric pole opposite the house and beat him up for disconnecting power to the house of the former IG. Ogundele’s leg was allegedly broken by the sergeant, who was reported to have boasted that “nothing will happen.” […]
  • Jos Disco Threatens Court Action Against Energy ThievesPublished on October 22 2017
    Jos Electricity Distribution Company Plc, has threatened to prosecute consumers engaged in the habit of bypassing meters, describing them as energy thieves who want to consume energy without paying for it, and should be prosecuted in accordance with the law. Managing Director of the company, Alhaji Gidado Modibo, who stated this yesterday at a press conference in Jos, also disclosed that the company has commenced mass metering of its customers in all the four states within its area of coverage (Plateau, Bauchi, Gombe and Benue), adding that “we have already installed about 26,000 of them, and we aim to install another 40,000 in the next week.” […]
  • Lagos Communities Decry Power Outage Published on October 22 2017
    Some residents of Aguda, Surulere, and Orile/Iganmu in Lagos State on Sunday decried two weeks blackout in their communities which, they said, had caused food wastage and sleeplessness. The residents in Lagos that the power outage had paralysed commercial activities and made life difficult. The Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) is in charge of electricity supply to the communities. Mr Tunde Adeleke, a resident of No. 93, Adetola St., Aguda, said: “The outage has paralyzed commercial and domestic activities in the area. “It has led to wastage as foods are being thrown away because we can’t preserve them again; they have rotten in fridges. “The area is used to one or two-day outage but now, it is becoming unbearable; the management of EKEDC should help us.’’ […]
  • Jos Disco sacks 500 workers, 15 electricity thieves jailed Published on October 22 2017
    No fewer than 15 persons have been prosecuted by the Jos Electricity Distribution Company for bypassing meters and vandalizing electricity transformers in Benue, Plateau, Bauchi and Gombe states, its Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mohammed Gidado, has said. The 15 electricity thieves were all convicted, he added. Gidado also announced the disengagement of over 500 workers of the Disco due to declining productivity, fraudulent activities and other factors. According to him, JED has commenced mass metering of customers in all its areas of coverage and has engaged over 4,000 new employees to inject vibrancy into the system. He said these in Jos on Thursday, where he also warned that any customer found stealing electricity or bypassing the meters would be prosecuted in accordance with the law. […]
  • Fire disaster: Engineers blame incident on poor regulation Published on October 21 2017
    The Nigerian Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers has blamed frequent fire incidents in buildings to faulty electrical installation in the country. The institution which is a division of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, said unregulated practice in power sector has given quacks the courage to tamper with electrical installation abysmally. The chairman of the institution, Eket chapter, Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Thompson Manam, said on Thursday that the NIEEE is seeking regulations to prevent quacks from practicing and to save homes from further fire disasters. […]