Power outage: DISCOs pledge to provide transformers to Nigerian communities

Nigerian Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) have pledged to provide transformers to communities where required, saying the effort was to improve power supply in the country.

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This was contained in a communique issued to journalists in Kano State at the end of the 6th monthly meeting of the minister of power, works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, with operators of the power sector in the state yesterday.

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The operators stated in the communique that they recognised the need for the DISCOs to reinvigorate their efforts to replace obsolete transformers and deploy new ones where necessary.

They also maintained that the distribution companies should deploy the transformers so that the communities were not required to provide transformers at their own expense in order to get the services they prepared to pay for.

They however revealed that Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has completed 20 projects in Gwagwalada, Kaduna, Afam, Apo, Lekki and Omotosho, adding that the projects would improve power distribution in Abuja and Lagos State.

” TCN also stated its intention to make public announcements of the upcoming maintenance projects which might negatively impact power supply.

The hydroelectric power supply stations in Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro agreed to work with TCN to boost output during a two-week outage period for the repair of a tower at Okpai that caused power outage to minimize the effect of the outage.” the communique stated.

The meeting also acknowledged the need to put in place a more robust mechanism on information sharing between the federal ministry of power, works and housing, the Generating Companies and the DISCOs.

The meeting also sympathised with the victims of electrocution under Abuja Distribution Company (AEDC) and commanded the company for prompt compensation to the victims.

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