Eko Disco appeals for calm, as power supply drops due to sabotage

Solomon Ezeme

Power supply within the network coverage of the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) over the past three weeks has been affected by inadequate generation at the Egbin Power Plant.

The Power Distribution Company (DisCo), on Tuesday, made this disclosure, stating that the generation at the power plant was affected as a result of vandalism on its facility causing generated power to decline by about 1,700MW, from an average of 3,700MW to 2,000MW per hour.

This has reduced the level of electricity the DisCo could distribute to its customers following the incident.

The Management of the DisCo in a statement issued on Tuesday rendered a public apology to its customers for the inconveniences being faced and assured that it was working in conjunction with the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and the Egbin Power Plant to ensure power improves as soon as possible.

It also explained that an issue affecting the TCN was equally responsible for the reduction in its electricity supply to customers.

“Dear Customer, the reduction in power supply you have been experiencing for the past three weeks is due to the drop in power generation from an average of 3,700MW to 2,000MW per hour caused by gas limitations arising from vandalism, and more recently an issue affecting TCN line from the Egbin Power Plant.

“We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused and assure you that we are working with our generation and transmission partners to ensure stable supply is achieved within the shortest possible time.

“We equally commenced major network rehabilitation and relief projects within our network two weeks ago that will significantly improve our services to our dear customers,” the statement reads.

Meanwhile, customers of the DisCo who reacted to the development, urged the company to make haste in fixing the problem as it has been quite a difficult experience coping with the present power situation in their various communities.

Enifome Urire Akpujiha encouraged the EKEDC to speed up efforts to improve the electricity supply to her community and other communities within its network.

“God will help you people. Thank you for this kind of service delivery. Just be quick in rectifying the problem.

“When you are done, kindly make sure power supply improves everywhere including in my area at New Road, Alfa Beach Road, Igbo Efon, Lekki Lagos,” Akpujiha said.

Peter Olaniyi Oluniyi asked the DisCo to ensure customers are billed based on what electricity they have consumed, especially during this period of low supply.

‘I hope the reduction in power supply caused by the drop in power generation will be reflected in your electricity bills to your customers also,” he said.

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