A major milestone in the current efforts to improve electricity supply in Abuja Electricity Distribution Company’s (AEDC) franchise area in particular, and the nation in general, was recorded yesterday when the Governor of Nasarawa State, Alhaji Umaru Tanko Al-Makura switched on the gears to energize a 2 X 7.5MVA 33/11Kv injection substation in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital. The injection substation, which was built by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) under its National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP), was taken over by AEDC, which is responsible for distributing electricity to residents of Nasarawa State, in addition to its over-coverage areas-Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Kogi and Niger states.
The leader of the AEDC team to the commissioning ceremony was the Managing Director/CEO, Engr. Ernest Mupwaya. Also on hand to support him were the General Manager, Nasarawa Region, Alhaji Ameen Shakur and the General Manager Technical Services, Engr. Saidu Abdullahi Gorebe.
The newly energized substation is of strategic importance to Nasarawa State as it boosts power supply to various parts of Nasarawa South Central District including Obi town and environs, the Federal University Lafia, the State House of Assembly Quarters and some other parts of Lafia City. Commissioning the substation moments before the commencement of the 23rd Power Sector Monthly Meeting which was hosted by the Nasarawa State Government in Lafia, Governor Al-Makura did not mince words in emphasizing how pleased he was that the power facility has come on stream.
Also yesterday, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, commissioned a 60MVA transmission substation built by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) in Keffi, in Nasarawa West Senatorial Zone of the state. The project, which was built with support from the World Bank has the capacity to boost electricity supply in four axis of the ancient historical town of Keffi. It will boost supply to Masaka, Gora and Kuchikau towns along the Keffi-Abuja road, thereby relieving the substation in Mararaba, a border town between Nasarawa State and the FCT. More so, it will also enhance the quality of supply along the Nasarawa Town and Toto town axis, which are on the Keffi-Nasarawa and Umaisha route. In addition, the 60MVA transformer will engender greater quality of power supply to towns and villages along the Keffi-Jos road axis, including the 177 Guards Battalion (Shittu Alao) Barracks in Keffi, Gunduma village, etc. Also, the transmission substation will enhance greater quality of electricity supply to towns and villages along the Keffi-Akwanga route such as Sabon Gida, Garaku, and Angwan Mayo, among others.
Expressing the delight of his people over the coming on stream of the transmission station, the Emir of Keffi, His Royal Highness, Dr. Shehu Usman-Yamusa, while thanking the TCN and the World Bank for the project, tasked his people to endeavour to settle their electricity bills top encourage, not only AEDC but also other stakeholders in the value chain to sustain the momentum in reforming the Nigerian power sector for the good of the people.