Total electricity generation in the country has remained below 4,000 MW in recent months as low load demand by Discos tops the list of factors causing idle capacity in power stations.
Data obtained from the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing on Monday showed that 2002.8MW was unused as of 6 am on Friday as a result of low load demand by Discos, while 658.4MW generation capacity was unavailable due to gas constraints. The nation’s power plants generated 3,762.60MW as of 6 am on November 9, down from 3,913.60MW on November 8. Their total output stood at 3,903.50MW on Monday, according to the data from the Nigeria Electricity System Operator.
The Executive Director, Research and Advocacy, Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors, Sunday Oduntan, in a telephone interview with our correspondent, explained the reasons for load rejection by Discos. He said, “In ANED, integrity matters to us. We are saying that you don’t bring the load to where I don’t need it and you cannot force me to take it where it is not useful for me. When you take it to some places where I cannot recover the money, you will still come back and say I am not paying to the market or remitting.
“TCN is fond of taking electricity to where we don’t want it because they cannot get it to where we want it because they have dilapidated infrastructure; they have a lot of constraints or bottlenecks preventing them from taking the power to where we need it.”
30 Kwara communities without electricity 100 years after creation – PM News
Not less than 30 communities in Aawe District of Asa LGA in Kwara are yet to have power supply, over 100 years after their creation, according to the Head of the District, Alhaji Oba Daudu-Suleiman.
The district head who disclosed this to NAN in Aawe on Monday described the development as unacceptable. He said the non-provision of electricity and other infrastructural facilities like good roads in the communities had retarded the growth and development of the areas.
The district head listed some of the affected communities to include: Olowo, Atere, Elelu, Ogunbo, Yede, Ogundeji, Danbudo, Afonta, Okoolowo, Afo, Ologede, Layeri, Ajengba, Afonta and Ode Magaji, among others. He appealed to the state government to come to the aid of the communities as a way of bringing development to the grassroots.
He said the provision of electricity in rural communities would curb rural-urban migration and create employment for teeming youths in the areas. Daudu-Suleiman also urged the state government to urgently find a lasting solution to the power outage confronting Aawe in the last five years.
The Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Energy, Mr Sunday Moses, who also spoke to the NAN confirmed the revelation of the district head, adding that the ministry was aware that several communities across the state were yet to enjoy electricity.