We are committed to improving power supply in Abuja – AEDC

Residents of the Federal Capital, especially Life Camp, Gwaripa, Dawaki and surrounding areas, will soon breathe a sigh of relief as the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) makes frantic efforts to increase power supply of these areas.

Assurance came from Managing Director/CEO, Engr. Adeoye Fadeyibi following concerns raised by FCDA Executive Secretary, Engr. Shehu Hadi Ahmad when the Managing Director led his management team on a courtesy visit to FCDA.

The Executive Secretary expressed the concerns of the FCT administration over the poor power supply in Life Camp, Gwarinpa, Dawaki and surrounding areas which house key personalities including diplomats as well as the streetlights especially along the highway Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, which is an important gateway to the city. He lamented the city’s current poor visibility and lighting, adding that “our streetlights mean a lot to us.”

He said that Abuja needs to be developed into a world-class city using the city master plan as the document is not only about providing designs for the planning of roads and buildings but several other components also need to be be carefully planned, designed and implemented.

The Executive Secretary called for collaboration between AEDC and FCDA to alleviate and eradicate or at least minimize permanent power outages in the city, stressing the need for AEDC to always reach out to FCDA as a guardian of the master of electricity. Plan the CTF before embarking on any power project in the city for proper orientation.

According to him, this is necessary because the FCT law gives the FCDA exclusive responsibility for the development of all infrastructures throughout the territory. This includes water, sewer, telecommunications and electrical infrastructure, excluding roads and bridges.

He further pledged to institute a regular coordination meeting between the two organizations to identify areas of cooperation as well as the rapid resolution of conflict areas that may affect the regular electricity supply of the city and territory.

In response, AEDC MD explained that “there are a lot of projects we are undertaking that will solve the problem. Life Camp is supplied from the Dawaki spring. We are trying to evacuate 6 No 33kv feeders which will relieve Life Camp, Gwarinpa, Katampe and even Dei-Dei and others”.

On street lights, particularly along the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua highway, the MD revealed that a security modem would soon be deployed to monitor the constant vandalism of their facilities which had been responsible for some of the blackouts.

He added that the modem, once installed, will send text messages, trigger alarms against attempted vandalism, have cameras and be remotely controlled.

Alan A. Seibert