Govt charges PHCN successor companies to ‘ensure consistency’

Prof Chinedu Nebo03 December 2013, Abuja – The Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, has charged the new management of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company to leave no stone unturned to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the FCT.

Nebo gave the charge on Tuesday in Abuja at the inauguration of a double 15MVA injection substation at Apo, Abuja which was aimed at boosting electricity supply to Abuja.

“For Abuja Disco, we expect the best, we expect you will take up the leadership. Abuja is the first one and all this is to ensure we have 24/7 power supply in the next few months,” he said.

The minister urged the distribution company to brace up to the challenge and ensure the use of both old and new facilities to improve the quality and quantum of electricity available to consumers in the FCT.

According to him, the completion and inauguration of the National Integrated Power Projects, NIPP, scattered across the country are a sign of government’s commitment to ensure uninterrupted power supply to Nigerians.

“Our commitment to the transformation of the power sector is underscored by the huge magnitude of power projects being commissioned covering the entire electricity supply value chain of generation, transmission and distribution,” he said.

He commended the Niger Delta Power Holding Company, NDPHC, and other stakeholders responsible for the construction of the NIPPs for keying into the transformation agenda and tasked them on optimum service delivery.

The Managing Director of NDPHC, Mr James Olotu, said the project was meant to strengthen the distribution end in the electricity value chain and ultimately enhance access to stable power supply.

“With these distribution projects, we assure Nigerians that power will get to our individual homes and businesses,” he said.

The Permanent Secretary, the Ministry of Power, Amb. Godknows Igali, said that government would continue to carry out reforms in the power sector in order to reposition the sector for efficient service delivery.

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that the new power facilities commissioned in the last few weeks included; the Geregu and Omotosho power stations, as well as transmission stations in Ibadan and Karu area of the FCT, among others.

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