NIPP trans­mis­sion line de­layed by ‘shrines’ in A/Ibom

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sun­day

Power op­er­a­tors have said the de­lay in com­plet­ing the Cal­abar - Ikot Ekpene trans­mis­sion line un­der the Na­tional In­te­grated Power Project (NIPP) is caused by ‘shrines’ en­croach­ment in Akwa Ibom State.

A com­mu­niqué is­sued after the 7th sec­to­rial meet­ing in Benin this week said the op­er­a­tors “as­cribed the de­lay in the com­ple­tion of the crit­i­cal Cal­abar - Ikot-Ekpene trans­mis­sion line and other projects in the South-east to un­re­solved lo­cal com­mu­nity is­sues es­pe­cially in Itu Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment say­ing it was “be­cause of shrines” which were cur­rently be­ing ag­gres­sively ad­dressed by the Niger Delta Power Hold­ing Com­mu­nity (NDPHC).”

NDPHC for­mer di­rec­tors had in 2015 met with com­mu­ni­ties where the Right of Way (RoW) for the eastern cor­ri­dor line had been se­cured from Cal­abar through Akwa Ibom to Enugu State.

The com­mu­niqué by Ha­keem Bello, the spokesman to the Min­is­ter of Power, Works and Hous­ing, Ba­batunde Fashola, also said the Dis­tri­bu­tion com­pa­nies (Dis­cos) agreed to in­ten­sify ef­forts to com­plete Disco fi­nanced me­ter­ing while wind­ing down the Cred­ited Ad­vance Pay­ment for Me­ter­ing Ini­tia­tive (CAPMI) scheme un­der which cus­tomers pay for me­ters.

It said the wind­ing down of CAPMI is to en­sure that cus­tomers did not un­nec­es­sar­ily bear the cost of in­stalling me­ters. It also noted that con­sumers needed to be pro­tected from es­ti­mated billing through Dis­cos com­plet­ing me­ter­ing ac­cord­ing to their sub­mit­ted plans.

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