The yearning to ensure qualitative and stable power supply to Nigerians has made the federal government to install two 15 Mega Volt Ampere (MVA) capacity transformers to boost electricity supply to Lagos State residents.
The projects would go a long way in boosting the economy of the state through the expansion and sustainability of small scale businesses.
They would also help to address key bottlenecks in the distribution network and access to affordable and reliable electricity service to Nigerians.
The two injection substations which are located at Amikanle and Abule Taylor under Ikeja Electricity distribution company will boost power supply to the disco by about by 12.1 megawatts.
The projects which were constructed by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) under the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) of the Federal Government were commissioned and handed over to Ikeja Disco on Tuesday.
Chiedu Ugbo, managing director of NDPHC, while inaugurating the projects said the two 15 MVA power injection substations would boost electricity supply to customers within Ikeja Disco and its environs.
Ugbo said that the company was not just concerned in increasing the quantum of power distributed, but also the quality of electricity being supplied.
The NDPHC boss said that as part of the company’s effort to boost power supply in the country, the company has today light up residents of Amikanle and Abule Taylor under Alimosho with 1/15 MVA transformers each to supply from Ayobo transmission station through a dedicated 22.5 Km for effective supply .
He said that one of the injection substations is a 15 MVA, 33/11KV capacity which currently has a peak load of 7.7 megawatts, adding that it was a dream comes true for the people of Lagos.
“As from today, the residents within the Ikeja Disco and its environs would start benefiting from effective and efficient power supply. The substations are currently serving Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) within the community including banks, eateries, shopping plazas, roads sides shops, welders block industries as well as religious places of worship”.
He said Part of the 11kv line from injection substation has been connected to Ikeja Disco existing network. This connection makes the substation coverage wide in serving the communities within Alimosho Local Government Area.
“We are working tirelessly to ensure that all pending projects are completed soonest. We have over 70 distribution projects ongoing across the country,’’ he said.
The NDPHC boss said that when all pending projects are completed it would increase electricity supply to various communities across the country, adding that the project are part of the Federal Government’s power sector recovery programme to boost electricity generation and distribution system.
He, however, lauded Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing under whose leadership, NDPHC was transformed better for effective service delivery.
Ugbo said that over 40 projects has been completed in the last two years under his watch, while commending his predecessor, James Olotu for his effort in ensuring effective monitoring and completion of projects to meet world standard.
“The just commissioned projects would turn around the commercial growth and economic development of most communities under Ikeja Disco.
With the growing improvement in power supply across the country, Nigerians can attests to the facts that the power sector has taken a leads under President Muhammadu Buhari administration,’’ he said.
Oyegbemi Azeez, Chairman, CDA, Amikanle commended the management of NDPHC for energizing the community with power supply, adding that the community had being suffering from stable electricity supply for years.
Azeez said that the newly commissioned substations would improve the socio-economy growth of the area, adding that artisans within the community would no longer engaged in motorbike rider as means of livelihood.
“We hope that Ikeja Disco will not divert the supply to another area, living us that are closer to the injection station in darkness.
“We appeal to Ikeja Disco to install pre-paid meter to all customers within the community to avoid billing on estimations,’’ he said.
Source: Business Day