The Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) has warned politicians against donating what it describes as ‘Incomplete Transformers’ to communities. It said the development portends great dangers to members of the community.
Its Chief Operating Officer, Sam Nwaire, said there has been an increase in the number of incomplete or unfinished transformers donated to communities in distribution zone in recent times, arguing that the idea amounts to nothing, when one considers the implications on people, who are already battling with problems such as power outage, lack of meters, and others.
Speaking at a meeting with residents of Ajeromi/ Ifelodun in Ajeromi Local Government Area of the state, who protested against the proposed increase in electricity tariffs, Nwaire said the issue constituted extra cost to the DISCO, just as it exposed consumers to dangers such as electrocution.
He said incomplete transformers are transformers that are lacking components such as feeder pillar units (FPUs), cables and other accessories critical to the use of transformers.
He likened such transformers to a car without engine, urging politicians providing such equipment under the guise of helping the government to promote socio- economic activities in the country to liase with experts before purchasing them.
He said: ‘’There is socio-financial cost of unfinished transformers to people by the politicians. That is why, we are appealing to politicians donating transformers to communities to liase with us. “The reason is because transformers are of different sizes, capacities and brands. For instance, when a transformer fails to come with key components like FPUs and other accessories, the cost of installing it by DISCO is higher than the transformer itself.’’
He explained that the failure of DISCOs to identify their consumers is a problem in the industry, stressing that the development informed the decision of the firm to commence an enumeration exercise in order to know the actual number of consumers under its jurisdiction.
He said the exercise would also enable the firm to know the capacity of consumers, and whether consumers are regulating the power load or not.
He said if the company captures the data of its consumers well, it will help in determining and addressing the challenges facing them.
According to him, the destruction of the power transmission plant in Asaba, Delta State has affected supply in the country, adding that transmission is a key element in the sector.
He said the sector is standing on a tripod stand of generation, distribution, and transmission, arguing that people erroneously blame problems such as infrastructural deficiency and epileptic power supply on DISCOs, without considering the roles of power generation companies (GENCOs) and Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).
‘’The DISCOs cannot operate in isolation; they distribute electricity generated by the GENCOs, while the Transmission Company of Nigeria wheel or evacuate energy from the grid and pass it to the DISCOs for growth,’’ he added.