By Etuka Sunday
Kaduna Electric has attributed the inadequate power supply to its customers to poor load allocated to the company from the national grid by the National Control center Oshogbo and challenges faced by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) in wheeling power to the company for onward distribution to customers.
According to the Head, Corporate Communication, Abdulazeez Abdullahi, ‘The poor power supply to its franchise states in recent times is as a result of the low generation from the national grid, which was caused by the vandalism of gas pipelines supplying gas to generating companies by the Niger Delta Militants.
He said: ‘the allocation to Kaduna Electric was 92 MW for supply to our customers in Kaduna, Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states while today (Tuesday) we received 106 MW which is severely inadequate to meet the needs any one state in the franchise let alone all four’.
Abdullahi added that at present, the Nasko/Yelwa/Yauri line belonging to TCN is down in addition to the Zaria/Gusau line which severely hampers TCN ‘s ability to send the required supply. Some of the aging transformers of TCN also makes it difficult for us to receive required supply. The 30 MVA Suleja line transformer which should pick 320alms can only pick 210 alms.
He said the dare situation has necessitated the company to embark on the massive load shedding program which has kept some communities and neighborhoods out of supply for long durations.
He appealed to customers within its franchise states of Kaduna, Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states for understanding and patience over situation as the federal government was doing its best to improve the situation.