By Gabriel Chy Alonta
The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC), on Thursday, inaugurated two injection substations in Awka, Anambra state capital, promising to deliver steady improvement in power supply to residents in parts of the state.
Orient Weekend reports that the inauguration of the upgraded Agu-Awka Injection Substation to 1x15MVA/1×7.5MVA, as well as the newly constructed 1×7.5MVA ABS Injection Substation, took place last Thursday in Awka.
In an address during the event, the Managing Director/CEO, EEDC, Mr. Okey Nwosu, said the gesture became imperative in order to improve electricity supply in the state, while decrying dearth of electrical facilities in the south east and the need to upgrade the existing substations.
Nwosu, who stressed that addressing the electrical infrastructural deficiency of the zone would improve the economic activities, commended the Anambra state governor, Willie Obiano, for his strategic initiatives in tackling electricity supply in the state.
He disclosed that the newly inaugurated substations have two feeder pillars, one in Okpuno and the other at the state secretariat; while listing Mgbakwu, Isuaniocha, Amanuke, Agu-Awka, Ifite, UNIZIK, Nkwelle, Ebenebe, Nibo areas of the state as some of the over 24 communities to benefit from the project.
According to the EEDC managing director, to further improve the electricity experience of the customers, and to avoid over-estimated billing, Meter Asset Provider would commence the metering scheme in the south east from 15th of June. He urged customers to avoid power theft and to report any form of vandalism, remarking that developers should also avoid building under the high tension.
Anambra state governor, Willie Obiano, who inaugurated the project, expressed optimism that the new stations would deliver over 18 hours of power supply to the state capital. He assured that his administration would not relent in partnering with EEDC to improve electricity generation in the state.
On vandalisation of the EEDC equipment, the governor said, “We cannot afford to tolerate any form of vandalism, especially with these projects. We have invested over N1.2 billion to improve electricity in the state.
“So far, 11 people have been imprisoned, and we have taskforce monitoring activities of such hoodlums across the 179 communities in the state, and we will not relent in dealing ruthlessly with those found guilty. We have also directed the physical planning board to pull down buildings constructed under the high tension”.
Also speaking, member of board of directors, EEDC, Dr. Steve Dike, lauded the state government’s strategic support and cooperation, adding that such gestures match that of the board.
Dike regretted that over 4 billion of energy bought by EEDC monthly, they could only boast of recovering about N3.5 billion monthly, leaving them with about 22 per cent loss. He decried that EEDC also loses about 2 to 3 transformers on a weekly basis to vandals, while tasking customers to be more conscious of EEDC installations, and to secure them.
Igwe Peter Anukwu of Mbaukwu, in Awka south local government area of the state, commended the EEDC, while urging them to tackle cases of estimated billing; even as he expressed optimism that such projects would be replicated in other parts of the state.
The Commissioner for Public Utilities in Anambra state, Mr. Obi Nwankwo, thanked the state government for its interventions in the power sector; while also noting that the state was the highest in terms of revenue generation to EEDC in the south east.
Earlier, the EEDC Head of Communication, Mr. Emeka Eze, said the initiative was targeted at industrial customers within the clusters, calling on customers to support the initiative through payment of bills as well as to protect the equipment from vandals. Eze explained that the firm was collaborating with vigilante groups, state security agencies and private security outfits to further curb the incidences of vandalisation.
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