Pole collapse, low generation affect power supply to areas under EKEDC’s coverage

Solomon Ezeme

Some communities under the Eko Electricity Distribution Company’s franchise are presently experiencing outages and low power supply due to an accident which damaged about 19 poles belonging to the company, and a recent 150Megawatts (MW) drop in electricity wheeled to it by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

The Company in a public apology issued on Wednesday explained that the current power situation in Isashi, Igboelerin, Church and environs, is due to the said accident which had occurred along Badagry Express Road, damaging 19 of its poles and consequently affecting the Agbara 33KV Feeder.

“Dear customer, the present outage on Agbara 33KV Feeder is due to an accident along Badagry Express Road damaging 19 of our poles.

“Affected areas are Isashi, Igboelerin, Church and environs. Efforts are ongoing to replace the damaged poles and restore supply as soon as possible.

“We apologize for the inconvenience and ask that you bear with us,” it appealed.

The Disco (Electricity Distribution Company) also blamed the current outages in some areas of its network on low electricity allocation from the TCN.

“The TCN load allocation to our network has dropped from 440 MW to 290MW due to low generation. This has led to outages and load shedding in some areas within our network,” it stated.

It further revealed plans to kick off some projects that will help improve power situation within its franchise areas while promising to restore power to the affected communities, soon.

The EKEDC said, “We sincerely apologize for the current situation and assure you that we are working with our partners in generation and transmission to resolve this issue as soon as possible.

“We equally wish to inform you that we are embarking on projects to improve our supply. Thank you for your understanding.”