A recent report on the status of electricity projects built within the framework of the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) has explained that some State governments and the electricity distribution companies may have, by their choices, contributed to the menace of poor power distribution in the country.
The report noted that the refusal of some state governments to grant work approvals for the deployment of High Voltage Distribution Systems (HVDS) in several locations within their states may be delaying the distribution of relatively stable power to consumers within the affected locations in the States.
The report which was obtained from the presidency in Abuja, also revealed that some Discos have as a result of their continued refusal to take over completed electricity substations and HVDS from the NIPP, short-changed their customers from enjoying improved power supply in their networks.
It listed Lagos and Rivers States, as well as Enugu Disco, Port Harcourt Disco and Benin Disco, as some of the affected states and Discos.
For the States, it explained that the governments of Lagos and Rivers have denied the NDPHC work permit to deploy its HVDS facilities to several locations in the States on account of environmental and aesthetic concerns.
An industry expert, who commented on the issue anonymously, stated that the excuses offered by the States for not granting work permit to NDPHC were unfounded.
The expert explained that as an updated technology for electricity distribution, HVDS takes electricity to the consumers at higher voltage level of 11kV instead of low voltage of 400V/240V.
Similarly, the NDPHC report showed that the trio of Enugu, Port Harcourt and Benin Discos has remained selective in taking over completed substations and HVDS facilities in their networks, resulting in many consumers not being serviced well.