The Kano State Chairman of Nigerian Institute of Power Engineers (NIPE) Engr. David Omoloye, on Friday during the branch’s inaugural investiture ceremony held in the state said that “the ever-increasing gap between power demand and supply has been a great challenge to Nigeria’s development as the nation’s population keeps increasing not proportionally to power demand. He said that the solution lies in the total privatization of the power industry to aloe capital inflow coupled with the right tariff structure that will protect the poor and encourage industrial development.
“The socio-economic problem in Nigeria has its root cause in the underdevelopment of the power industry and since power development is highly capital intensive. It is apparent that the investment required to raise the bar of the industry to comfort zone cannot be singlehandedly supplied by the government, thereby mandating the need for total privatization,” he said. NIPE National Chairman, Engr. Abraham Israel, in his goodwill message, said NIPE was created to focus on the power industry and scale up power development to meet Nigeria’s power needs, adding that NIPE in Kano will team up with stakeholders to lift the state and nation to a position of excellence in the power industry.
DISCOS STILL TO BLAME FOR POOR ELECTRICITY IN NIGERIA
Power distribution Companies are responsible for poor power situation supply in the country, says Nigeria’s Minister of Power, works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola. While speaking during an interactive session with members of the public held in Lagos on Friday, said power generation in the country has increased from 4000MW to 7000MW.
Fashola, a former governor of Lagos explained that government on its part has done all required in ensuring regular power supply across the country. “Power generation has moved from 4000MW to 700MW. The responsibility of now bringing power to your homes lies with the Distribution Companies,” Fashola said. All the powers that Government has, as far as Power value chin, were already decided upon. The privatization was already completed and the only control Government had was as a transporter, in Transmission. “Power plants across the country are being engineered to increase power generation, Azura will give us 459Mw, while Kaduna is bringing 215Mw, and 2 turbines are already being tested. There’s 240MW in Afam and ready to go. If we added these 3, that’s roughly 1000MW new power generation to the grid,” Fashola said.
EEDC MOVES TO END ESTIMATED BILLING SYSTEM
The Corporate Communications General Manager (EEDC), Godwin Idemudia says it is working towards ending the ‘crazy billing’ meted out to consumers on its network through a project aiming to improve the company’s estimated billing system. He explained that the company had included the metering transformers to its meter roll-out plan, stating that so it has metered 105 units of 500KVA distribution transformers from September 2017 till date and installed 7746 individual meters in 2018 alone.
According to him, the move will bridge the metering gap of customers who are yet to have individual meters, adding that, “this is to significantly increase the accuracy of the bills distributed and help the company in its efforts to curb energy theft.” He pleaded with customers who are yet to be metered to bear with the company, stating that despite its inability to meter all its customers now, all efforts are on to meter all customers within their network. He urged all customers to assist the company in its fight against energy theft and unlawful activities by using its whistle-blowing platform to reveal or report illegal and unethical practices.
NNPC EXPLAINS DROP IN GAS SUPPLY
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has said that the drop in power generation could have been triggered by the continuous rejection of load by the distribution companies due to frequency management. While speaking in Abuja on Wednesday, the Group General Manager, Mr Ndu Ughamadu, said that power generation dropped by 712MW on Aug. 13, compared to the previous day’s generation, adding that output from all the Hydro Power Plants and some gas-fired stations, including Egbin in Lagos, suffered decline.
Ughamadu, further explained that “the prevailing significant drop in power generation was mainly due to three factors: a reduction in power generation by the Hydro Power Plants by 434MW due to frequency management issues arising from the continuous rejection of load by the DisCos. Also, a drop in power generation by some gas-fired power plants generation by 278MW mainly due to frequency management and the shut-down of the Gbarain Power plant due to a trip-off at the Alaoji/Owerri 132KV lines 1 and 2.” He assured Nigerians of the availability of enough gas for power generation, noting that recent drop in electricity generation was as a result of some factors beyond NNPC’s control.