Power sup­ply in Minna, Niger state

Daily Trust - - OPINION -

Nige­ri­ans are aware that there is a na­tional prob­lem with the gen­er­a­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion of power as it is too low to round the coun­try si­mul­ta­ne­ously which is why the load shed­ding (Ra­tioning) for­mula was adopted. But the per­sis­tent black­out in some ar­eas in Minna, the Niger State cap­i­tal is to­tally un­ac­cept­able.

Niger State is home to three Hy­dro-Elec­tric dams de­signed to gen­er­ate over 1500mega watts. Kainji dam has a sur­face area of about 130,000 hectares with gen­er­at­ing ca­pac­ity of 750mega watts. Shi­roro dam has a sur­face area of about 31,200 hectares with gen­er­at­ing ca­pac­ity of 600mega watts while Jebba dam has a to­tal of 35,000 hectares of sur­face area, plus the on­go­ing Zungeru dam that is ex­pected to gen­er­ate about 700mega watts when com­pleted. It is pa­thetic that de­spite hav­ing all these dams lo­cated in the state, we still have lit­tle or no power sup­ply in some ar­eas.

A few weeks ago, some man­age­ment staff of the Abuja Elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany (AEDC) were in­ter­viewed on FUT Minna Cam­pus Ra­dio (Search FM), they promised that power sup­ply was go­ing to be re­stored in the af­fected ar­eas but as usual, their prom­ises were not kept.

They ex­plained that the power gen­er­ated from Niger State is sent to the na­tional pool and then re­dis­tributed by the Dis­tri­bu­tion Companies (DISCOs) to the sev­eral parts of the coun­try. But then, why can’t the state be given pri­or­ity?

Paul A. Mam­man, Minna, Niger State mam­manat nadu paul @ ya­hoo.com

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