27 December 2012, Sweetcrude, Abuja – The management of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has assured Nigerians of steady and regular electricity supply,the Executive Director (Systems Operations) of the TCN, Mr Ndiagwaralukwe has assured.
“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 on-stream.
“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 on- stream,” he said.
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 that the TCN hadinstalled new electricity transformers across the country, while reinforcing existing power transmission lines.
He 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.
He nonetheless, bemoaned the attitude of some people who burned bushes where PHCN’s installations were located, adding that some individuals were even fond of excavating sand near PHCN’s facilities.
Ndiagwaralukwe stressed the bush burning and excavation of sand near PHCN’s facilities could endanger power supply and cause blackouts for the citizens.
He urged all Nigerians to vigilantly guard all PHCN facilities in their neighbourhoods, while reporting any act of vandalism to the police.