NIGERIAN ELECTRICITY RECORDS TOTAL COLLAPSE OF SYSTEM – TCN

Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Nigeria’s electricity grid has recorded a total system collapse, the Transmission Company of Nigeria announced on Friday. However, it swiftly stated that restoration of the grid was at an advanced stage and explained that the total collapse was due to tripping of three generator units at Egbin power generation station. The daily report on Nigeria’s power sector that was made available to our correspondent by the transmission company on Friday in Abuja stated that the grid collapsed totally on Thursday, September 28, 2017, after the country generated…

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BLACKOUT IN OSHOGBO CAUSED BY SAFETY REASONS, ELECTRICITY COMPANY INSISTS

Osogbo blackout for safety reason, power company claims From Hameed Oyegbade, Osogbo The management of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) has said that the power outage in some parts of Osogbo, capital of Osun State was for safety reasons and appeal to residents to be patient and assured them that the issues would be resolved soon. The Regional Communication Officer of the company, Kikelomo Owoeye told Daily Trust that the power outage was due to critical safety issues on the power lines which led to wire snaps and that…

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MMINISTER OF POWER, FASHOLA ACCUSES EGBIN CEO OF CAUSING FEAR IN POWER SECTOR

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola has lashed out at Nigeria’s largest power plant, Egbin Power Station, accusing the Managing Director/CEO, Mr. Dallas Monroe Peavey Jr of telling lies and causing fear in the power sector. Fashola accused Peavey of misrepresenting the available capacity of Egbin and the amount owed to the station by the electricity market. The Minister who spoke at the opening of the 19th monthly meeting of the Power Sector Operators hosted by the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) at the Akangba 330/132/33KV Transmission…

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BENIN, TOGO ISSUED BILLS OF SETTLEMENT OVER UNPAID ELECTRICITY BILLS FROM NIGERIA

By Chineme Okafor in Abuja Following a meeting with the Communauté Électrique du Bénin (CEB), an international electricity firm co-owned by the governments of Bénin and Togo, Nigeria has requested the CEB to pay up its outstanding debt for electricity supplied to it. The federal government has also stated that it needed CEB to settle its outstanding bills to enable it maintain its supplies obligation to both countries. This development was contained in a document detailing the proceedings of the last meeting of operators in the power sector, which was obtained…

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FASHOLA WASTED 740BIL ON POWER SECTOR, NEEDS TO BE PROBED – NLC

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to do an immediate and comprehensive audit of all monies so far spent in government effort at reviving the power sector in the country since 1999 which it said has failed to yield result, but rather produced several billionaires as a result of diversion of the funds. In a communique made available to newsmen at the end of its Central Working Committee meeting, the Congress is asking the government to immediately inaugurate the National Minimum Wage negotiating committee in view…

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NASARAWA LAWMAKER LEADS PROTEST AGAINST POOR ELECTRICITY SUPPLY IN THE STATE

Umar Muhammed, Lafia A member representing Akwanga South at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Kassim Mohammed, has led a protest against poor electricity supply in the state. The protest, which was organised by the youth wing of Mada Development Association, had youths from Akwanga, Nasarawa-Eggon and Wamba local government areas. Addressing the protesters, Mohammed said he decided to join the protest in solidarity with his people against the exploitation by the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company. He said, “This situation cannot be allowed to continue; so, I am calling on…

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5.8BIL DOLLARS MAMBILLA POWER PLANT AWARDED TO CHINESE STATE FIRM BY BUHARI

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria has approved the construction of a $5.8 billion hydroelectric power plant by a Chinese state firm, the power minister said on Wednesday, the latest in a series of Chinese deals since the project was first envisioned decades ago. The project, if completed, could provide a much needed source of energy for Nigeria. Despite its wealth of crude oil, Africa’s largest economy has long struggled with rickety power infrastructure, leaving many homes and businesses dependent on costly and inefficient fuel-powered generators. The 3,050 megawatt (MW) Mambilla hydroelectric…

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ELECTRICITY THEFT MAY ATTRACT N200, 000 IN FINE

Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission is considering a request by one of the existing 11 power distribution companies to increase the penalty for electricity theft from N50,000 to N200,000. This is coming as the commission has said the indebtedness of Discos is a major reason why they often reject part of electricity allocated to them by the Transmission Company of Nigeria. According to NERC, most Discos were heavily indebted to the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company Plc, a development that has adversely affected the sector. The two issues were contained in…

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THE TRUTH ABOUT NIGERIA’S POWER SECTOR DURING THE JONATHAN YEARS BY RENO OMOKRI

The former media aide to Former President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, has reacted to a new report by SERAP in which Jonathan, Obasanjo and Yar’Adua’s government were accused of wasting N11 trillion meant for power. Reno says this claim is false and a fruit of lazy research. Read the statement below… My attention has been drawn to the story ‘Obasanjo, Yar’Adua, Jonathan wasted N11tn on electricity –SERAP’ published most prominently in The Punch newspapers on August 10, 2017 and less prominently in other papers. While I cannot speak for others, I…

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LAGOS STATE ASKS FG FOR PERMISSION TO GENERATE 3,000 MW TO POWER LAGOS

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Friday sought a no objection letter from the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) for the state government’s Embedded Power Programme. Mr. Ambode, who led some members of the State Executive Council, lawmakers and other critical stakeholders to a meeting at the NERC’s headquarters in Abuja, said the embedded power project was designed as his administration’s flagship programme for direct intervention in the power value chain towards achieving a 24-hour power for Lagos. He said the proposed power programme would generate up to 3,000MW…

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