The Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) has demanded a greater allocation of electricity from the national grid to ensure adequate supply to the people of Lagos. The new EKEDC President, Oritsedere Otubu, made the request during his visit to some electricity industry players earlier this week.
Accompanied by the company’s MD/CEO, Engr. Adeoye Fadeyibi; director of EKEDC, Ernest Oji; and some members of the management team, the President visited the Ministry of Energy, the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), the Niger Delta Power Holding Company and the Nigerian Electricity Liability Management Company (NELMCO).
Managing Director, Corporate Communications, EKEDC, Godwin Idemudia, said in a statement that the new Chairman’s objective is to enhance the exemplary relationship between Eko DisCo and stakeholders in the energy sector as well as to consolidate the achievements of his predecessor.
During the meetings, Otubu appreciated the efforts of the various stakeholders towards Eko Disco and assured them of the company’s support to improve the electricity supply in the country.
The President also cited the recent power supply problem in Lagos due to declining generation, which led to frequent load shedding in many areas under the DisCo. He described the network as a rapidly growing strategic network due to increased industrial and commercial activities, which have resulted in increased demand for power supply. Therefore, the inability to meet even the existing demand poses a real crisis for the DisCo.
At the Federal Ministry of Energy, the Minister of Energy, Engr. Abubakar Aliyu aligned himself with the President’s call for greater collaboration among players in the electricity sector and declared his confidence in DisCo based on his track record of performance in NESI, particularly in the transfer of funds.
He also explained that the federal government is currently working on projects to expand the capacity of the national grid to better serve not only Lagos but the entire country.
BPE Managing Director Alex Okoh also congratulated Otubu on his appointment, pointing out that Eko DisCo occupies a strategic franchise area in the electricity industry, so such a program is important for the national economy and guarantees that the intention of the privatization process in making the sector more favorable to consumers and investors is achieved.
Managing Director, TCN, Eng. Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz, explained the importance of having adequate power supply in Lagos as the state consumes more than 50% of the electricity generated.
He also assured Otubu that TCN would involve Disco in several ongoing projects to improve electrical infrastructure and would respond to Disco’s request to receive more national grid allocation.