FCT residents want improved power supply

Business owners and some residents of the FCT have appealed to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) to ensure better power supply to facilitate their business operations.

Electricity consumers, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday, decried the poor power supply to their homes and business premises.

According to them, they are only fed for five hours a day.

Miss Ifeoma James, a fashion designer residing in Karu, said the situation was dire as she had to rely on a generator to run her business.

“We don’t have electricity for up to five hours a day. I have to depend on the generator and even get fuel to power it is difficult as most gas stations don’t sell in gallons.

“I usually buy from the black market most of the time and it hasn’t been easy and I don’t want light issues to affect my business.

“I want to appeal to AEDC to do something about the bad electricity situation quickly,” she said.

However, Mr. Ezekiel Solanke, a barber at Abacha Barracks, Asokoro, said the situation in his area was a bit fair as they were supplied with electricity during the day, while at weekends it was not constant. .

Solanke said he would rather have light on the weekends and not during the day because he would be busy at work.

Also speaking, Mrs. Maria Okojie, a caterer residing in Nyanyan said that the electricity was not too regular in her area.

According to her, they only have light for four to five hours a day and sometimes they don’t have it for a whole day.

“I am appealing to AEDC to improve the power supply in the region so that I can run my business efficiently.”

Ms. Felicia Adeyemi, a hairdresser residing in the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Valley Estate, Asokoro, told NAN that there is regular electricity in her area.

Mr. Amadu Sule, a welder in Asokoro, also corroborated Adeyemi’s remarks, but said that while some areas have constant power supply, others do not.

Sule called on AEDC to take steps to improve the power supply.

NAN reports that AEDC management recently said it was embarking on 40 quick win projects to rehabilitate its network to improve electricity.

AEDC Director General Mr. Adeoye Fadeyibi said in a statement that the projects ranged from unloading overloaded loaders.

Other projects undertaken by the company, he said, included the purchase of 81 new distribution transformers and the repair of 78 existing transformers.

Fadeyibi said AEDC was also carrying out major maintenance work on its 34 power transformers.

He said the company was in various stages of discussions with some power developers capable of providing them with a good level of onboard power generation within months.

According to him, the generation must boost and complement everything we get from the national network.

He said the project was undertaken for the sole purpose of rapidly improving the electricity supply to the franchised areas, especially the metropolitan FCT. (NOPE)

Alan A. Seibert