Leadership (Abuja)

24 February 2013

Nigeria: TCN, Others Tasked Over Poor Power Supply

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Power (PTFP), Engr. Beks Dagogo-Jack, has expressed dissatisfaction over the current poor state of power supply in Abuja.

Consequently, Dagogo-Jack has charged the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) as well as the Abuja Distribution Company (DISCO) to come up with strategies towards enhancing the supply.

The PTFP Chairman gave the directive at a meeting in Abuja yesterday with the CEOs of Abuja Disco, Engr. Ganiyu Umar and TCN, Engr. Olusola Akinniranye, alongside other regional operators, in which deliberations on the ongoing decrease in power supply in the nation's capital top the agenda.

The PTFP boss observed that in the last couple of weeks, Abuja residents had been experiencing electricity load sharing as a result of Shiroro power plant being shut down for long postponed maintenance evaluation.

The shutdown resulted in the loss of 130 megawatts since February 12, 2013, causing power supply in the city to be affected predominantly during the hours of 8 am and 5 pm.

While noting that the compulsory shutdown for the evaluation was necessary to ensure a safe working environment for technicians and evaluators, he urged those concerned "to ensure that this mandatory shutdown for facilities evaluation needs was conducted as diligently and quickly as possible."

He warned that the PTFP would hold people accountable for slippage in meeting milestones and project deadlines and added that he "expects the highest level of performance from operators as we continue to deliver on the reform roadmap agenda.

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