Power Sector And Other Related News Stories For Thursday May 4th 2023

Posted by News Room May 4, 2023

Electricity Consumers Demand Probe Into Punitive Step Against Aba Power 

The Electricity Consumers Association of Nigeria (ECAN) has demanded a probe into the complete removal of Aba Power from the sole national grid by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) following the order of the Nigerian Electricity Market Operator  ostensibly on the basis of an N896m debt owed Federal Government agencies in the power sector. 

ECAN made the demand on Wednesday in Enugu through its Southeastern zone, according to a statement signed by the zonal chairman,  Joe Ubani and secretary, Chris Okpara. 


Why There’s Disruption of Electricity Supply to Imo 

The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) says the current disruption of electricity supply in Imo State is a result of ongoing industrial action by organised labour in the state. 

The company said that workers, under the organised labour, comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) were on strike over alleged “violent disruption and unprovoked assault on Imo workers by yet to be identified persons during the May Day celebration”. 

This was contained in a statement on Wednesday in Enugu by the spokesperson of the electricity company, Emeka Ezeh. 


Why Nigeria Must Strengthen Local Content In Power Sector – FIPL Boss 

First Independent Power Limited (FIPL), a Sahara Group Company, has emphasised the need for Nigeria to strengthen local content in the power sector.  

The company said the development was necessary in order to promote job creation, funds retention, and the development of skills and competencies of Nigerians.  

Speaking at the Nigerian Content Conference organised by the Nigerian Society of Engineers in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Chief Executive Officer, FIPL,Dr. Kenechukwu Nwangwu, said the Act symbolises the intention of the nation towards growing local capacity.  


Blackout Looms in Kwara, Kogi, Oyo, Osun, Others Over Unpaid Electricity Bills 

The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) has alerted consumers within its franchise area of an imminent blackout from next month over backlogs of unpaid bills.

The IBEDC, a power distribution company, said it was planning to disconnect its feeders from the national grid due to poor remittances. 

Consumers to be affected by the development are those in Kwara, Ogun, Osun, Ibadan, Oyo and parts of Kogi, Ekiti and Niger states. 

A statement signed by the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the company, Engr. Kingsley Achife and made available to newsmen in Ilorin said the move might result in power outages to customers within the IBEDC franchise areas. 


How Corruption Impedes Electricity Supply in Nigeria—NSE Ex-President 

Former president of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Engr. Otis Anyaeji, has identified corruption as a major challenge militating against electricity supplies in Nigeria. 

This, he said, if not tackled headlong, it will continue to affect private businesses negatively. 

Anyaeji, who is the traditional Head of Ubahu-Okija in Anambra state, made these remarks in Abuja on Wednesday while delivering a lecture titled: Managing Business Risks In Volatile Business Environment: Survival Strategies For Private Businesses, during the Honourary Fellowship Conferment on Lady Josephine Nwaeze in Abuja. 


Electricity Contractors Urge Tinubu to Resolve Challenges of Rural Power Sector 

The Association of Rural Electrification Contractors of Nigeria (ARECON) have urged the President-Elect, Bola Tinubu, to decisively pay extra attention to the challenges in Nigeria’s rural electricity sector when he assumes office on May 29th. 

This is as the association also debunked reports of misdoings by the MD of the Rural Electrification Agency, Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad over allegations bordering on conflict of interest of his position as the MD/CEO of REA. 



High Promise, High Potential: The Future of Nigerian Renewables

Nigeria remains a growing population with a range of socio-economic issues that need sustainable energy resources to meet climate goals. Due to this, the country has increasing demand for energy, putting pressure on existing power infrastructure, but also opening the path for further economic development. 

Nigeria has an abundance of fossil fuels and the potential for considerable renewable energy production, such as solar, hydropower and wind. While much of this clean energy potential has gone untapped, now could be an ideal opportunity to change its energy mix, and deliver more reliable power to its citizenry 


Helping Meet South Africa’s Energy Challenges With World Record Gas Power Technology 

South Africa is striving to meet its energy needs. Increasing maintenance requirements on existing and ageing infrastructure, high levels of investment and capital required for new energy assets, along with social and economic implications for a Just energy transition, are among the reasons why state-owned utility Eskom has a crucial challenge to keep the country’s lights on. 

Sustained periods of loadshedding have impacted the economy, reduced access to social services such as healthcare and education. The situation is particularly dire for those who cannot afford alternatives such as diesel generators, inverters or solar power. 


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