By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
In what may appear as bulk passing and trading blame, the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, (AEDC), the company in charge of distributing electricity to Niger State and the three states of Kogi, Nasarawa and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, has attributed it’s recurring poor electricity supply to Niger State to drop in level of power generation by the power generating company, (Gencos).
Regional Manager of the AEDC for Minna office of the company, Yahaya Mohammed Jere said the current epileptic power supply being experienced across the state was as a result of drop in power generation from the hydro electric power stations in the country.
The Regional Manager was responding to queries by the Deputy Governor of Niger state, Ahmed Muhammad Ketso who summoned the AEDC’s Regional Manager over continues poor electricity supply to the state.
At the meeting which was attended by the state’s Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Architect Umar Bawa, the Regional Manager assured that as soon as power generation improves, the AEDC would up it’s distribution to the state.
But the Permanent Secretary lamented that despite the fact that the state government had offsetted the backlog of debts owed the AEDC as demanded by the company earlier this year as reason for the poor electricity supply to the state, supply of electricity to the state has remained poor and was even getting poorer than before.
Hues and cries from citizens across the state over epileptic power supply to homes and business premises have remained upbeat in the last two years.
Youth groups under different flagship associations in Minna, the state capital and elsewhere have risen against the company during mass protests to compel the AEDC to increase power supply to the state but without avail.
In January this year, the company’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Engineer Ernest Mupwaya was summoned by the state governor for a round table on ways to improve power supply to the state.
At the meeting, the AEDC promised the state government that power supply to the state would be increased from nine to twelve hours per day. The promise lasted for just two weeks as darkness returned to most parts of the state.
Only last Monday, the youths group championing the crusade against the poor electricity supply to the state, youths Lead Nigeria, staged another mass protest against the company and called on the Minister of Power, Babatunde Fashola and the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission to delist the AEDC as power distribution company and appoint another business minded power distribution company to take charge of power distribution to Niger state.