Electricity: Eko Disco tenders apology to residents

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Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC or Eko Disco) on Sunday apologised to its consumers over the irregular power supply currently being experienced.

The General Manager, Corporate Communications, Mr Godwin Idemudia, explained that the epileptic supply was due to a system collapse from the national grid affecting the entire country.

Idemudia, said the system collapsed which occurred recently had resulted in nationwide blackout had really affected the EKEDC consumers.

According to the General Manager, since five days now, power supply to customers under our network has been on and off.

“Until Generation goes up, there is nothing we can do now because National Grid (NG) is the only source of our supply.

“We feel your pains.

“We are, therefore, appealing to customers to bear with us, as supply will be restored as soon as these repairs are concluded.

“EKEDC highly regrets any inconveniences caused by this irregular supply,” he said.

Nigeria was on Jan.2 thrown into a nationwide blackout as the country suffered total collapse of its power system grid.

The collapse followed a fire incident on Nigerian Gas Processing and Transportation Company Ltd (NGPTC’s) Escravos Lagos Pipeline System and a shutdown of pipeline supplying gas to 3,182 Mega Watt (MW) plants.

These plants include Egbin 1,320MW; Olorunsogo National Integrated Power Plant (NIPP) 676MW; Olorunsogo 338MW; Omotosho NIPP 450MW; Omotosho 338 MW and Paras 60MW power stations.

The Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, which confirmed the collapse and the shutdown of gas supply to the 3,182 MW plants, described the incident as a setback to the power sector.

Meanwhile, Sokoto state government has awarded contract for the construction of 250 solar powered water schemes in the 23 local government areas.

A statement by, Malam Imam Imam, the spokesman of the governor, on Sunday said: “The project is part of government’s policy of opening up and improving standards of living in rural areas.”

The component of the project consist of solar pumping system,control room,distribution system borehole of 10,000 litre capacity,over head tank and security fence and is expected to be completed in three months..

“The Dange Shuni, Gada and Sokoto North councils will have 14 of the schemes in different locations, Wurno council 12 schemes,while 11 schemes will located in Illela council and 17 councils will get 10 each of the schemes in their localities.”

The statement indicated the schemes were located after wide consultations with stakeholders at the grassroots level.

“The unique thing about this project is the level of participation of communities in planning for the constructions.

”Government will continue to engage the populace as it implements the projects that have positive bearing on their lives.

“This project will increase access to safe drinking water and improve hygiene and basic sanitation in rural areas,” the statement added
(NAN)