The federal government yesterday said it had restored 80 per cent of the electricity transmission and distribution installations damaged by insurgents in the North-east.
Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this in Yola, Adamawa state, while giving his opening remarks at the 27th power sector meeting. He said 33KV transmission lines in areas like Damboa, Madagali, Maiduguri, Damasak, Gombi, Mubi, Wukari among others, had been restored. Fashola said the restoration of the damaged transmission and distribution equipment was resulting in an incremental and improved supply to customers in the franchise area.
He commended the management of Yola Disco for the success recorded in the management of the company despite the declaration of a force majeure by the initial owners of the company. “Many of you will remember that in 2015, Yola Disco was the only one of the 11 privatised Discos that was given up as being unviable. “However, this government did not give up on the company.
The government appointed Engineer Baba Mustapha to manage the Disco. “From reports we have received about performance and monthly ratings, it is obvious that Engineer Mustapha and his team have proven that Yola Disco is not unviable.”
He said “the Maiduguri Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) substation, the Mayo-Belwa TCN substation and the installed distribution infrastructure which had been damaged by insurgents have become fully operational.
“There are testimonies from customers and big-time farmers in Adamawa that they are getting regular supply from the national grid.”
He reiterated the federal government’s planned intervention in the distribution value chain to help deliver the 2,000MW that was constrained by distribution equipment.
The minister said advertisements for quotation by original equipment manufacturers for transformers, breakers, and associated equipment compiled by the DisCos had been published. Earlier, the Managing Director of Yola Disco, Mr Baba Mustapha, said the Disco covered 270 kilometers with active customers.
“We have also increased our revenue collection by almost 200 per cent,” the managing director said. Mustapha commended the federal government, Yobe and Adamawa state governments for their supports, saying that the state governments provided vehicles when it lost some of its utility vehicles to insurgents. (NAN)