Daily Trust (Abuja)

22 February 2013

Nigeria: PHCN Official Blames Power Outage in Makurdi On Lines Upgrade

The Business Manager of PHCN in Makurdi, Benue State, Mr John Emeruwa, has attributed the current power outage in Makurdi to ongoing power lines upgrade in the state.

Emeruwa said the 132 KV line that linked Benue with Enugu is no longer adequate for the increasing number of customers and the demand for power supply in the area.

He said the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) had been mandated to improve power supply to Benue by evacuating more power from the national grid to the state.

Emeruwa said faults would completely be eliminated when the upgrade is completed.

"The wire cuts experienced last year were as a result of weak lines and overloading of the lines, but we are upgrading the whole wires.

"I can assure you that when the job is completed, power supply will be very stable in the whole of Benue," he said.

Emeruwa appealed to customers to exercise patience, stressing that the company regretted the inconveniences the power outages might have caused them.

He stressed that the upgrade was aimed at improving service delivery to the customers. NAN

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