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Power Companies Urge Collaboration for Enhanced Customer Service in Electricity Provision

In a key moment marking ten years since the partial privatization of Nigeria’s power sector, the operators of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) are sounding a resounding call for unity. 

These key industry players acknowledged this fact at the Bi-annual joint generation, operations, and DisCos planning meeting in Abuja, that only through harmonious collaboration across the value chain can the nation’s power supply see the transformation it desperately needs.

Mr. Christopher Ezeafulukwe, the Managing Director of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), spoke candidly about the sector’s progress and the work that lies ahead. While commendable strides have been made in the last decade, the sector remains in need of extensive efforts to fulfill its objectives.

Ezeafulukwe astutely pointed out that the power sector has been wrestling with the challenge of policy sustainability and operational stability. The burning question on everyone’s minds is, “How can we collectively ensure a consistent and reliable electricity supply to our valued customers in the face of ongoing challenges?”

On the sidelines of this vital meeting, Engr. Ajiboye Oluwagbenga, General Manager of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), shared promising news of transmission capacity reaching 8,500 megawatts. This means that TCN now possesses the capability to efficiently deliver every unit of electricity generated by power companies across the nation, which is a substantial leap forward.

However, a gap remains between this capacity and the actual electricity entering the grid, which is hovering around 4,000MW. This highlights the need for further synchronization and enhancement of the entire power value chain.

Engr. Onyekachi Nwosu, Senior Manager of Plant Performance at the Omotosho (Gas) Power Plant, drew attention to a crucial aspect of the puzzle. He stressed the necessity for government intervention to bolster gas supply to power plants. A staggering 95 percent of the sector relies on thermal power plants that are heavily dependent on gas. Ensuring a steady supply of gas is the vital bridge to achieving consistent power generation.

As Nigeria celebrates a decade of partial privatization in the power sector, the call for unity, increased investment, and sustainable policies echoes louder than ever. The future of the nation’s electricity supply depends on the collective efforts of all stakeholders working in harmony.

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