Daily Trust (Abuja)

27 December 2012

Nigeria: TCN Assures Country of Steady Electricity Supply

The management of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) on Tuesday assured Nigerians of steady and regular electricity supply.

The Executive Director (Systems Operations) of the TCN, Mr Jonathan Ndiagwaralukwe, gave the assurance in Abuja, while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

He said: "We are promising steady electricity not only during the Yuletide but also throughout the year; we are moving the sector forward. We are saying Nigerians deserve steady electricity supply and one of the cardinal points of this government is regular power day or night.

"All the efforts made in the past to improve the sector are gradually yielding fruits; we expect that the tempo would be sustained because all the investments made in the rehabilitation of power stations, transmission lines and even in power distribution are coming onstream.

"Also, new projects are being inaugurated, especially the National Integration Power Projects (NIPPs) and new power stations. As regards steady gas supply to our thermal stations, which has remained a thorny issue, there is an improvement. Power stations are now getting gas and new NIPPs are coming onstream."

Ndiagwaralukwe reiterated that electricity supply would henceforth be stable and regular in the country, as the TCN had put requisite facilities in place to facilitate steady power supply.

He said the TCN had installed new electricity transformers across the country, while reinforcing existing power transmission lines.

The executive director stressed that the power sector was being overhauled via sustained investments in electricity generation, transmission and distribution, adding that this would enhance power supply to the people considerably.

Ndiagwaralukwe, however, urged electricity consumers to settle their bills promptly and regularly, particularly now that electricity supply situation had improved appreciably.

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