Kaduna Electric Distribution Company Explains Power Outages
The operators of Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company has attributed the current intermittent power supply in the company’s franchise area to low power allocation from the national grid occasioned by the vandalism of gas pipelines and other oil facilities in the south-south and south west regions of the country.
The Chief Engineering and Technical Services Officer of the company, Engineer Bello A. Musa, disclosed this in Kaduna yesterday, while fielding questions from journalists.
He revealed that the Transmission Company of Nigeria announced a drastic shortfall in the national power generation and mandated all distribution companies, including Kaduna Electric, to maintain limited power allocation. He also disclosed that the Distribution Companies are also being directed at short notice to further drop load to avert a complete system collapse, hence, the power rationing embarked upon by the company. “The frequency in the national grid has been fluctuation and highly unstable lately,” he affirmed.
According to Engineer Bello, “Kaduna Electric was allocated only 181 megawatts today for distribution in Kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara States, the operational territory of the company, as against 410 megawatts that was hitherto being allocated to the company.”
He expressed confidence that the federal government will soon bring to an end the menace of vandalism of gas pipelines and other oil facilities.
He solicited for the understanding and cooperation of the company’s customers and regretted the inconveniences the supply instability is causing their customers.
According to him, “In view of this development, we wish to notify our valued customers that there will be intermittent interruption to power supply; these are not deliberate acts and are caused by circumstances beyond our company’s control. We sincerely regret the inconveniences and hardship this is causing our customers.”