TCN reduces electricity supply to Aba from 25MW to 10MW

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has reduced electricity supply to the Aba Ring-fenced Area that compromises nine of the 17 local government areas, LGAs, in Abia State by more than 50%.

According to sources close to Aba Power, which serves the nine LGAs, the reduction happened last week with supplies dropping from 25 Megawatts to 10MW.

The Aba Power Managing Director, Patrick Umeh, confirmed the drastic reduction in a brief telephone conversation with journalists on Tuesday and said:  “I am in Lagos right now attending a critical meeting of the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC)”. 

Umeh once served as the Commissioner for Market Rates, Market and Competition at NERC.

Aba, Nigeria’s centre of indigenous technology and local manufacturing, needs 100MW to achieve electricity stability, according to Chief Adolphus Udeigbo, President General of the 22,00o -member Aba Landlords Protection and Development Association (ALPADA).

“We have been complaining bitterly that the 25MW from the NDPHC is grossly inadequate, only to have it cut further at a time of acute heat and unprecedented economic crisis”, the ALPADA leader said.

“It’s so painful that Aba people couldn’t watch some of the matches at the just concluded African Nations Cup Competition in Cote d’Ivoire because of the meagre supplies,” he said.

Udeigbo described the significant cut as shocking because the Geometric Power group, which owns Aba Power, “has just paid N500 m to one of the Federal Government’s agencies for supplies”.

Also, an Aba-based legal consultant, Bob Chukwueke, told journalists: “This is why we can’t wait for the 181MW Geometric Power plant at the Osisioma Industrial Layout in Aba to get commissioned so that we will be freed the embarrassing performance of the nation’s electricity networks”.