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IMPROVED POWER SUPPLY: EEDC INVESTS IN ANAMBRA AND IMO STATES

Electricity customers in Awka, Anambra State and Owerri, Imo State will soon begin to enjoy improved power supply going by the level of investments the Enugu Electricity Distribution PLC (EEDC) has made towards improving its electricity infrastructure in the two states. 

These investments include the construction of a 1 x 7.5MVA Injection Substation at ABS, Awka, and upgrading of the 7.5MVA Injection Substation at Agu Awka to a 15MVA; while in Imo State, approval has been obtained for the construction of a new Oguta 33KV line valued at over N140 million, which will radiate from Egbu Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) station. 

The Head Communications, EEDC, Mr. Emeka Ezeh, who made this known to newsmen in a release issued on Wednesday, said that the projects were necessitated by the challenges of poor electricity supply within the areas due to over loaded feeders. 

The 1 x 7.5MVA Injection Substation at ABS, Awka, which will be ready for commissioning within the first quarter of the year, is expected to improve electricity supply to Okpuno, Isuaniocha, Mgbakwu, Urum and Amanuke communities and the university community.  

The upgrade of Agu Awka Injection Substation is expected to address the electricity supply challenges and boost supply to Awka Industrial Layout, Ifite, Agu-Awka GRA, parts of Nkwere Awka, UNIZIK, Amansea, Ebenebe, Ugbenu and Ugbene communities. 

Also in Owerri, work will soon commence on the new Oguta 33KV line which will take care of customers in New Owerri, World Bank, Concord Hotel area, Iret e Community and industrialists within the area.  Effort has equally been made to radiate a dedicated feeder to improve availability to Alex Aluminium and other industrialists within the cluster. 

It will be recalled that last year, EEDC delivered major network enhancement projects ranging from deloading of feeders, deployment of relief transformers and replacement of failed transformers. In Enugu State, EEDC completed and commissioned the 1 x 7.5 MVA Nike Lake Injection Substation at Nike, which greatly improved electricity supply to the entire Nike area and parts of Abakpa.  

In a related development, EEDC constructed three feeders to improve supply to her customers in Nsukka, they are the UNN 33KV, Nru 33KV and Wilson 11KV feeders. This has significantly improved power supply to the area and resulted to the deloading of Eha Amufu 33KV line. 

According to Ezeh, the company x-rayed its network, identifying areas that need critical attention with a view to strategically address them. It is not possible to attend to all the challenges at the same time, but there is a conscious effort by the business to deal with them and that has informed the investments in the network.  

"These investments underscore our organisation's commitment to strategically addressing the power supply needs of our customers, we are therefore hoping that they will reciprocate this gesture by ensuring they pay their electricity bills as and when due". 

"It is also hoped that  they join hands with the EEDC in safeguarding the power installations serving them from being vandalized, and desist from acts such as meter bypass and energy theft", Ezeh said.

Another Vandal Bags A Three-Year Jail Term For Attacking EEDC Installation

Abdul Ali, a 33 year old young man from Adamawa State was last week sentenced to three years imprisonment by Ahizechukwu D. O at the Magistrate Court of Orsu Magisterial District Holden at Awo Idemili for vandalizing a 300KVA Distribution Substation belonging to Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) at Ekeututu in Orsu Local Government Area of Imo State.

EEDC RANKS OVERALL FIRST POSITION IN 2018 NEMSA SAFETY RANKING

The Enugu Electricity Distribution PLC (EEDC) emerged overall first position in the 2018 cumulative Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) Safety ranking. This is a testament of sustainable safety practices which EEDC has consciously and consistently instilled in her staff and customers through the various trainings and enlightenment programs. 

NEMSA is an agency of government responsible for ensuring safety of lives and property in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI). 

It will be recalled that EEDC moved from the fifth position which it occupied in the 2016 ranking to first position in the 2017 ranking; and has jealously retained the first position in the 2018 ranking. 

The result of the ranking was released in a presentation by the Managing Director/CEO, NEMSA and Chief Electrical Inspector of the Federation, Engr. Peter O. Esewor. 

It was gathered from the report that in the course of the year under review, EEDC consistently maintained the first position in eight out of twelve months, this underscores the passion and conscious effort put in by Management of the EEDC in ensuring that safety rules are strictly adhered to, and safe environment consistently maintained. 

The criteria used for the ranking ranges from, fatalities (that is the number of deaths within the network), major injuries as well as network resolved. 

In the report, NEMSA charged the distribution companies to intensify effort in rectifying defective networks to prevent electrical accidents and reduce technical losses. They are equally expected to intensify effort in enlightening and educating the general public on the need for extreme caution with the use of electricity. 

According to the Head of Health, Safety & Environment, EEDC, Engr. Francis Iwu, this effort is as a result of the commitment of the Management of EEDC in ensuring strict adherence to safety rules and regulations by staff of the company and its customers. 

Iwu also attributed this feat to the consistent Public Safety Awareness Campaign the organisation embarked on through interactive radio programs across its franchise area, as well as Town Hall Meetings held to educate and sensitise the general public on the need to be safety conscious. 

"This achievement affirms the seriousness the organisation has been giving to Safety, and the continuous investment in qualified Safety personnel and equipment", Iwu said.  

Members of the public are therefore encouraged to be safety conscious and desist from engaging in acts that would put their lives or that of their loved ones at risk.

Stop Paying For Transformers, Facilities – EEDC Tell Customers

The Management of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC, has declared as a criminal offence any form of monetary demand by its officials from customers for the purposes of purchasing or repairing faulty facilities.