By Energy Worth
The Federal Government said it had restored 80 per cent of the electricity transmission and distribution installations damaged by insurgents in the North-East, which has resulted in an incremental and improved supply to customers in the Yola DisCo’s franchise areas.
Disclosing this in Yola, Adamawa State on Monday, while giving his opening remarks at the 27th Power Sector Operators’ meeting, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, stated that 33KV transmission lines in areas like Damboa, Madagali, Maiduguri, Damasak, Gombi, Mubi, Wukari among others, had been restored.
He commended the management of Yola Disco for the success recorded in the management of the company despite the declaration of a force majeure by the initial owners of the company, adding that the success story of Yola Disco epitomized change and spoke eloquently of the federal government’s roadmap of incremental power. “It is obvious that incremental power is returning to the customers within the Yola Disco franchise, this was obvious from my first visit to inspect resumption of work at the substations.
“The Maiduguri Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) substation, the Mayo-Belwa TCN substation and the installed distribution infrastructure which had been damaged by insurgents have become fully operational. “There are testimonies from customers and big-time farmers in Adamawa that they are getting regular supply from the national grid,” the Minister said, adding that “This is what change means, and it is consistent with our roadmap of incremental power.” According to him, Gov Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi had reported that most local governments in his state were getting 18 hours to 20 hours supply of power from Kaduna Disco.
Fashola added that efforts were being made to supply electricity to people yet to be reached while
Reiterating Federal Government’s planned intervention in the distribution value chain to help deliver the 2,000MW that was constrained by distribution equipment.