Kogi residents to enjoy improved electricity supply in 2018 – Official
Kogi Government says it has achieved an appreciable success in rural electrification and other power projects across the 21 local government areas toward an improved electricity supply in 2018.
Mr Otayitie Eminefo, the Special Adviser on Energy and Power to the governor, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lokoja.
“Kogi residents should expect more stable light in 2018; as Gov. Yahaya Bello’s administration is facilitating the completion of Ohunene, Okene, Idah & Anyigba NIPP projects being handled by PW & H Company, to be completed in March 2018.
“Kogi is home to two major power generation plants which will afford us the opportunity to present our immediate needs and to show the world our efforts in boosting and enlarging the power sector in the state.
“Government is also establishing mini-grid systems for the rural areas and many more projects to light up Kogi and to ensure better services from the Abuja Electric Distribution Company (AEDC) in 2018.
“The governor has also set up `Kogi Electricity Complaint Centre’ to ensure citizen’s rights are protected as enshrined in the law, ‘’ Eminefo said.
According to him, Kogi Government has recorded milestone achievements in the power sector that have not really captured the attention of the public due to inadequate publicity.
He said that government had invested heavily in distribution of assets to connect rural areas, especially under-served or unserved areas to improve power supply in Kogi.
Eminefo said that the recently-hosted 22nd Power Sector Stakeholders’ meeting by Kogi, was to afford power sector stakeholders the opportunity to see and assess the outstanding work done by the state and set timelines for completion of the rest.
He said that the governor on June 23, 2017, inaugurated projects of a 33KVA Overhead Line Extension moving from Jamata to Zango-Daji Junction to Banda, expected to serve eight communities in Lokoja and Kontokarfe Local Government Areas.
The special adviser said, “The government has also supplied several 500/33KVA, 500/11KVA and 300/11KVA transformers and installation to various communities across the three senatorial districts in the state.
“Ogori/Magongo electrification work and building an Injection Sub-station of 5MVA at Irepeni-Idodenge and Irepeni-Oziokutu both in Adavi Local Government.
“The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) is also proposing a 330KV line from Makurdi to Anyigba to ensure that Kogi people benefit from the upcoming Mambilla Hydro Project.’’
The special adviser, therefore urged the people to protect the facility against vandals and abuse and advised them to promptly pay their bills so that effective service would be sustained.
Eminefo also warned consumers against meter bypass and all forms of illegal connections, saying the law would be fully applied against all defaulters.
NAN reports that Kogi Government on Dec. 11, hosted the 22nd Power Sector Monthly Meeting with power stakeholders and other participants at Geregu Power Plc in Ajaokuta.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, said that the power production in the nation had on Dec. 8 reached an all-time high of over 7,000 MW and a great peak supply of 5,155 MW. (NAN)