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Ekiti State to receive additional 204MW of electricity 

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The Federal Government, yesterday, said plans are underway to add 204 megawatts (MW) of electricity to boost power supply in Ekiti State.

The Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu, was quoted to have said this in a statement issued by the General Manager, Public Affairs, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Mrs Ndidi Mbah.

To achieve this, Abubakar said the Federal Government has begun the construction of a transmission substation and a switching station in the state to raise the capacity by 204MW.

The Minister, who spoke at the ground-breaking ceremony in Ado Ekiti, said the project consisted of a 50km stretch of 132kV transmission line from Ikere (Ado Ekiti) with a turn in–turn out at Ijesa Isu that terminates at Ilupeju Ekiti.

Aliyu, represented by the Managing Director, TCN, Sule Abdulaziz, said the project also had a 2x60MVA, 132/33kV transmission substation with four line bays at Ijesa Isu Ekiti with a switching station at Ikere (Ado Ekiti).

“For TCN, this is a very strategic project and we believe it will have a massive impact on bulk power transmission in Ekiti and environs.

“The project is part of the many projects being undertaken by the Transmission Company of Nigeria in pursuit of its grid expansion programme, which is in line with Mr President’s mandate for the expansion of the power sector for sustainable development,” he said.

The Minister said in various transmission regions nationwide, TCN is equally executing substations and lines projects which are all at various stages of execution.

“These are clear indications that the Federal Government is not relenting in its determination to ensure that the nation’s power sector receives the desired boost.

“For the residents of Ekiti State and its environs, the additional 204MW capacity to the grid means that more bulk supply will be readily available for offtake by Benin DisCo for its customers in Ekiti and environs,” he noted.

“The substations’ project will also take care of suppressed load in this axis and relieve the Ado-Ekiti substation which has been overburdened to ensure a more reliable electricity supply to the people of Ekiti,” he said.

These are clear indications that the Federal Government is not relenting in its determination to ensure that the nation’s power sector receives the desired boost.

Aliyu called on Ekiti residents to support the government’s efforts against vandalism of power facilities.

“We must demonstrate our collective responsibility towards preserving the nation’s power equipment in and around our communities.

”So that the government can concentrate on its grid expansion initiative instead of wasting funds replacing vandalized power infrastructure,” he said.

In his remarks, the State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, said Ekiti received only 26MW of electricity from the national grid.

Fayemi, represented by his Deputy, Bisi Egbeyemi, said the level of electricity supply was worrisome and grossly inadequate going by the energy needs of the population of the state which was estimated at 150MW in 2014.

“Beyond this intolerable level, the quality of the electricity supply is grossly below standard due to non-availability of adequate 132/33KV transmission line and the associated equipment that can help improve the quality of power to be delivered to our people, especially those in the Interior and the rural areas,” he said.

According to him, although the project is by the Federal Government, when completed, it would complement the state government’s plan to improve the quality of energy supply to the 16 local government areas in Ekiti. (NAN)

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