Power Sector And Other Related News Stories For Friday 21st October 2022
Electricity Generation: President Muhammadu Buhari Recommits to Germany, Siemens Partnership
Nigeria remains dedicated to the partnership with Siemens and the German Government to improve electricity generation in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari pledged yesterday in Abuja.
Receiving officials of Siemens Energy AG at State House, the President urged them not to relent in ensuring that government’s commitment to Nigerians in delivering the Presidential Power Initiative (PPI) is fulfilled.
Jos Disco Gets New MD
Jos Electricity Distribution PLC covering the states of Plateau, Nasarawa, Benue, and Plateau has appointed Abdu Mohammed as its new Managing Director.
Mohammed who assumed duty at the company’s cooperate headquarters in Jos was welcomed by top industry players and other members of staff. Briefing journalists, Mohammed said he had come to reposition the company for effective service delivery.
The new MD said, “I am here to implement corporate transformation that is dearly needed in the company. Without electricity, it will be difficult to achieve the industrialisation and economic development objectives of the country.
“Consequently, our attention would be focused on reducing ATC & C losses via the instrumentality of performance tracking and evaluation, customers tariff reclassification to reflect the reality of energy consumption by customers, customers enumeration, energy accounting, and audit through aggressive metering and quality service delivery amongst others.”
Jos Disco Needs Total Transformation, Says New MD
Managing Director, Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC), Engr. Abdu Bello Mohammed, has declared that he came with a mandate to transform the company for effective service delivery, even as he warned against corruption in the company.
Muhammed, who assumed office yesterday, noted that the company needs a total turnaround.
“I am here to implement corporate transformation that is direly needed in the company. My mandate it to ensure that there is a total transformation of the company in such a way that there will be improved service delivery and customer satisfaction.
New Jos Disco MD Promises Efficient Service Delivery
The new Managing Director, Jos Electricity Distribution (JED) Plc, Engr. Abdu Bello Mohammed has promised to reposition the establishment for efficient service delivery and instil discipline, saying corruption and other acts that could frustrate the disco from achieving its set goals will not be tolerated.
Engineer Mohammed said the management of the disco under his watch will in turn recruit new hands that can add value to the transformation agenda that is being initiated, adding that the journey will have restructuring that will be continuous.
Why National Grid Collapses – GenCos
Electricity Generation Companies (GenCos), Thursday, attributed the incessant collapse of national power grip due to excessive volatile load by steel mills, weak and old infrastructure by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and the unavailability of most transmission lines.
The executive secretary of association of power generation companies, Barr. Joy Ogaji, Thursday marshaled out the reasons at an investigative hearing of the House of Representatives ad-hoc committee set to check the recurring national grid collapse in the country.
National Grid Hasn’t Collapsed This Year – Minister
The Minister of State for Power, Goddy Jedy-Agba, has said the national grid has not collapsed this year.
He said the country has only experienced disruptions, not collapse.
Mr Jedy-Agba stated this on Thursdsy when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Power investigating the frequent collapse of the national grid.
The country had suffered total blackout four times this year reportedly occasioned by the collapse of the grid.
The Minister explained that disruption could cause blackout.
“So, please let us understand that we have not had any collapse this year, we have had disruptions and disruptions could lead to blackouts, a blackout is not a collapse.
Siemens Deal: 20 Power Transformers, Mobile Substations Ready by May, Says Buhari
The end appears in sight for the perennial power outage in the country as the federal government is billed to take delivery of 22 power transformers and mobile stations from Germany between November this year and May next year. President Muhammadu Buhari gave an indication to this effect yesterday when he played host to officials of Siemens Energy AG at State House, Abuja.
Buhari expressed delight at the notable progress in implementation of the Presidential Power Initiative (PPI). He disclosed that the first batch of two power transformers already delivered by Siemens would be inaugurated in November.
Global Energy Transition Must Be Sensitive to Africa’s Priorities—Osinbajo
Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, said the vice-president spoke virtually at the 2022 Standard Bank Climate Summit themed, “Africa’s Path to Carbon Neutrality”.
Osinbajo’s focus was on how to manage the energy transition to net-zero in the context of Africa’s unique challenges, such as energy poverty.
German Envoy to Collaborate With Nigeria to Address Climate Change
The West African Clean Energy and Environment (WACEE) Summit 2022, themed ‘Catalysing Sustainable Investments,’ was held in Lagos yesterday. The event focused on clean energy, water and circular economy and featured exhibitors worldwide. It had Katharina Felgenhauer, The Delegate of German Industry and Commerce in Nigeria and other distinguished guests in attendance. In an address, Felgenhauer said: “For the first time in 10 years, WACEE is taking place in Lagos, bringing together the right partners to catalyse sustainable investments”. She added that WACEE is a platform for exchanging conversations between experts and beneficiaries to produce practical and sustainable solutions.
Rwanda Allocate Rwf500 Billion for Major Electrification Drive
Rwanda Minister of Infrastructure, Erneste Nsanzimana, has disclosed that the Government will use Rwf500 billion to support its universal electrification efforts, focusing mainly on districts with low energy access levels.
He disclosed as he appeared before the Chamber of Deputies to respond to issues related to water and electricity access and damaged bridges across the country.
While the Government of Rwanda seeks to achieve universal access to electricity by 2024, the level is still deficient in some districts. This situation made some lawmakers question the attainment of such a target within the remaining two years.