According to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), it has spent more than N500 million to increase Minna, Niger’s access to electricity from five to more than 15 hours per day.
This was revealed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna on Tuesday by Mr. Mahamud Keni, Regional Manager, AEDC, Niger region.
“The equipment we deployed to increase the availability of power in Minna has a financial impact of about N500 million,” he stated.
According to Keni, the AEDC identified numerous obstacles to the state’s electricity supply and developed plans for how to overcome them.
The replacement of the damaged equipment to blame for the state’s consumers’ epileptic power supply was one of many options we came up with, he said.
He explained that the 11 broken panels that managed the energy feeders in Minna and its surroundings had been replaced by the AEDC.
The regional manager also mentioned how the company had to consolidate two or three feeders to one panel because the damaged panels had been in use for so long.
“As a result, the power supply will trip off as soon as the feeders get hot, interrupting the flow of electricity.
The damaged panels prevented us from providing electricity for longer than five hours at a time, he claimed.
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He said that as a result of the action, Minna’s environment and its residents’ access to power have improved during the previous two months.
Keni mentioned that improved power generation, as well as staff commitment and teamwork, were further factors that improved the availability of electricity.
Another endeavor, according to him, was the company’s replacement of seven 11KV and 133KV distribution transformers that were damaged.
The area manager claimed that the recent success had motivated electricity users to make their monthly payments.
“We have noticed a rise in the payment of electricity bills during the past month. I believe that everyone is content, he said.
He said that the business had formed a team to keep an eye on and handle any sudden power outages in the Minna area.
To save energy, Keni encouraged power users in the state to constantly turn off any electric devices that are not in use.
He asked electricity users to switch to upgraded energy bulbs as well to save energy and enhance the availability of electricity.
He warned consumers against bypassing meters because doing so would result in severe legal repercussions.
He urged power users to always pay their bills on time because the company is dedicated to providing them with better service and exceeding their present accomplishments.
To extend the same better power supply to them, Keni pleaded with customers in other parts of the state to have patience with the corporation.
Fatima Mohammed, a client, claimed that the improved power supply had prompted her to continue her business where she resides in the Tunga neighborhood of Minna.
Desmond Okechukwu, a Minna resident, also claimed that his work as a tailor had benefited from the consistent power supply.