Technical glitches hindering 20-hour power supply – DisCos

Onwubuke Melvin
Onwubuke Melvin

Some electricity distribution companies have continued to blame technical faults and other challenges for their inability to supply 20-hour power to customers on Band A feeders.

The DisCos via their social media platforms had pleaded to the customers in Band A, calling for their understanding for their failure to meet the required minimum service level, according to The Punch.

The NERC stated that it was mandatory to provide at least 20 hours of electricity a day for customers who were no longer entitled to subsidies, following its announcement that Band A feeders would now pay an amount of N225 KWh instead of N68 KWh.

The NERC warned that, in line with the hours of power supply, there would be a gradual shift to other bands for band A feeders which did not deliver more than 20 hours per day.

The Benin Electricity Distribution Company appealed to its customers on about 13 Band A feeders for not being able to provide them with up to 20 hours of electricity as directed by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission.

BEDC ascribed the power outages to load shedding by the Transmission Company of Nigeria.

Similarly, The Kano Electricity Distribution Company apologized to the Gaskiya Subsystem customers of Band A 33KV, on Monday noting they were having problems with their circuit breakers.

“This is to sincerely apologise for the disruptions in your electricity supply in the past week. We understand the inconvenience that comes with unstable power, and we deeply regret any inconvenience it has caused.

“The reason behind the inconsistency in supply on the 33KV Gaskiya feeder was due to a circuit breaker issue. The TCN technical team has successfully resolved the circuit breaker issue,” the KEDCO said.

Meanwhile, the Ibadan Electricity Supply Company sought the understanding of its customers over power outages in about 20 band A feeders between Sunday and Monday.

The IBEDC noted “We sincerely apologise for our inability to deliver the estimated hours of supply on your feeder. This was due to the following: TCN system outages and tripping on IBEDC feeders.”

On the other hand, the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company stated that a technical fault at the Gwagdawala Transmission Station, which is operated by TCN, had caused some parts of the Federal Capital Territory to remain without power for an extended period.

“This is to appeal to residents of Gwako, University of Abuja Staff Quarters, Giri, University of Abuja Permanent Site, Iddo Sauki, and Iddo Sabo, to bear with us as the prolonged power outage currently being experienced due to a technical fault at the Gwagwalada Transmission Station, owned by the Transmission Company of Nigeria.

“Also, customers on 4 X 15MVA 33/11KV Kukwaba Injection Substation are currently out of supply due to a technical fault, affecting residents of Games Village, Moshood Abiola National Stadium, The Eye Clinic, and its environs.

“The TCN maintenance crew and our dedicated engineering team are working tirelessly to rectify these faults and restore power supply as quickly as possible,” AEDC said on Monday.”

Recall that the Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu had threatened to punish erring DisCos, even as the NERC called on customers to monitor and report non-compliance.

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