NDPHC overrides functions of TCN, DisCos, delivers electricity directly to consumers

Olubunmi Martins

The Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) Limited revealed that it has constructed and commissioned over 350 injection Substations and established about 2,600km of 11KV and 4600km of 33kV distribution lines across Nigeria to reduce the stress of transmission and distribution on the Transmission Company of Nigeria(TCN) and Distribution Companies(DisCos).

Engr. Ifeoluwa Oyedele, NDPHC’s Executive Director, Networks, made the disclosure at the weekend during the flag-off ceremony of the construction of 1×2.5MVA 33/11kV injection substation with associated 33kV/11kV & LT lines and installation of three(3) 500kVA distribution substation transformers for the improvement of electricity supply in Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Owo, Ondo State.

According to him, NDPHC as a company owned by the three tiers of government is determined to make power available  to the people through interventions, such as this, because those(TCN and DisCos) with the core mandate of providing transmission and distribution services “do not have the capacities to extend power supply to all the nooks and crannies of Nigeria”.

The NDPHC official revealed that NDPHC has installed substations  with a combined capacity of about 3,540MW and distribution transformers with a combined capacity of about 3,540MW across the length and breadth of the country for the improvement of  access to electricity and quality of power supply to consumers in Nigeria.

He however noted that the NDPHC ltd is basically a generation company, but has continued to provide transmission and distribution services because of the significance of ensuring that power generated from the plants must get to end-users to become meaningful.

He said, “So far, NDPHC has constructed and commissioned over 350 Injection Substations with a combined capacity of about 3,540MW across the length and breadth of the country. It has further constructed about 2,600km of 11KV and 4600km of 33kV distribution lines for improved access to electricity and quality of power supply to consumers.

“Just about three weeks ago, the President commissioned the 330/132/33kV transmission substation built by NDPHC in Lafia, capital of Nasarawa State. From the Governor down to ordinary people on the streets, residents of Nasarawa State were ecstatic following the commissioning because their lives have been positively affected.

Before then, it was almost impossible to run even an air-conditioning unit in the Government House with a public power supply.

Speaking on the commencement of the project at Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, he said that the construction of 1×2.5MVA 33/11kV injection substation with associated 33kV/11kV & LT lines & installation of 3 no’s 500kVA distribution substation transformers, was part of measures by the government to take power to the people.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State who was represented by Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa, Ondo State  Deputy Governor , commended President Muhammadu Buhari through the management of Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) for the laudable project in one of the higher institutions of learning in Ondo State.

The Governor said “Looking at the technical details of this project and its benefits, an upgrade from 2.5MVA to 7.5MVA, I believe it will address two critical areas of concern to our administration in this corridor.“This is another landmark achievement in the power sector and there is no gainsaying the fact that power supply is very significant to our individual and national lives”

“Nigeria has had a long history of problematic public power supply but when the APC government came on board, we promised to change the narrative through massive infrastructural development through policy direction and necessary reform to increase supply to the Nigerian populace.

“Access to adequate electricity in educational facilities like Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, will certainly improve learning processes and the general condition. It will no doubt enable night academic activities, which are critical to academic pursuit.

“Also, the illumination of campus premises at night will aid security operations and discourage criminal activities. It will also increase economic activities on campus and its environs.

“With regular power supply on campus, students will have access to electrical appliances and tools like computer and internet facilities to enhance their education which will further grant them access to further educational resources online, improve their assimilation rate and narrow the digital divide through information and communication technology,” the Governor said.

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