Consumers Groan as Power Situation Worsens

The worsening power situation in the country has been blamed on the inadequate electricity load supplied to distribution companies from the national grid.

A week after it was reported to have fallen to 3,697MW from a peak of 5,074 MW achieved earlier in February, the power supply has gradually become worse, with some of the distribution companies having to appeal to consumers over the development.

For instance, most areas in Lagos hardly have supply for up to three hours in a day.

In a statement issued by the Head of Corporate Communications of the EKo Electricity Distribution Plc,  Godwin Idemudia, the company said the power supply instability within its network was due to inadequate bulk electricity load allocated to the company from the national grid.

Idemudia said the company had repeatedly given reasons for the current power rationing and intermittent outage being experienced in areas under its coverage in the past few weeks.

He also said the outages emanated from a drop in the national generation level as a result of incessant acts of vandalism on gas pipelines and transmission towers.

According to the spokesman the areas worst hit by the resultant power rationing include Surulere, Lekki, Ajah, Ibeju, Mushin, Apapa, Yaba and their environs.

Idemudia appealed to customers to bear with the situation, assuring that the company was doing its best to ensure a fair and equitable distribution of electricity to all customers, pending the time there would be improvement.

He said the company’s customer help lines would be available 24 hour to receive complaints from customers and attend to the problems.



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