LAGOS – The management of the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) says they have put in place measures that would enable the company to provide 24 hours uninterrupted electricity supply to its consumers.
Mr Oladele Amoda, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) announced this on Thursday in Lagos during the company’s Customer Engagement Town Hall Meeting with electricity consumers from Ibeju-Lekki, Ajah, Igbo-Efon, Lekki Phase 1and 2.
Amoda said that the management had concluded plans to add more than170megawatts (MW) to the supply from the national grid.
He said that the company was receiving only 11 per cent or between 270 megawatts and 300 megawatts of electricity generated from the National grid.
“EKEDC requires 700 megawatts to give consumers in the zone uninterrupted power supply but out of which we are given between 270 MW and 300MW.
“This has resulted to erratic power supply to our numerous customers and led to series of protests in many communities.
“This has made the company to engage in embedded power generation projects, to fill in the lapses.
“We are almost through with three power generating plants who have agreed to supply the company with 170megawatts.
“We have entered into agreement with the Egbin Power Plant who will be supplying the company 100MW directly from their station.
“40MW will be received from the Ijora Power Plant and the remaining 30MW will come from Agara in Ogun State.
“Apart from this, we are at present negotiating with more than 40 companies to get more energy. My team is in Abuja to finalise arrangements with the companies.
“These companies will generate power and send to us and we will distribute to our customers,” he said.
Amoda, however, assured the consumers that the arrangement was almost completed, adding that they would soon start to enjoy between 20 hours and 22 hours of uninterrupted electricity supply.
“The new era has come with the change we are all clamouring for. I can assure you that the embedded power generation will boost the power supply greatly,” he said.
Also speaking, Mr Amuda Oladele, a community leader from Ajah bemoaned the delays in repairing faults, especially explosion from high tension wires and transformers in the area.
He urged the company to find lasting solutions to numerous recorded explosions from high tension wires.
Mr Kingsley Osu, a residents of Harmony Estate in Lekki Phase 1 said that the N250,000 bill slammed on him by EKEDC was laughable.
According to him, the bill is outrageous becuase nobody used electricity in the house during the six months he travelled abroad.
Osu also appealed to EKEDC to adjust the bill.
In his contribution, Mr Godwin Idemudia, Assistant General Manager (Public Affairs) of EKEDC commended consumers in the area for their understanding.
He said that the town hall meeting was introduced by the management of EKEDC to listen to electricity consumers and find ways to alleviate their problems.
According to Idemudia, the meeting would now hold on a quarterly basis. (NAN)
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