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Power supply cripples businesses in Abuja

16 April 2014, 14:05

Abuja - The continued shortfall in electricity supply in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, is adversely affecting economic and social activities of residents.

Virtually all types of businesses in the capital city and its environs have been affected as business owners are now contending with the high costs of diesel to power generating sets which are mostly relied upon in the prevailing circumstance.

Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) attributed the shortfall to the reduction to 150 megawatts from its usual allocation of 500 megawatts previously allocated to it, necessitating rationing of supply among consumers.

However, Head of Public Relations AEDC, Patience Toyo, assured that the company was working round the clock to improve the situation.

According to Toyo, “the power or load allocation from Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to Abuja is only 150 megawatts which is a significant reduction from the manageable 500 megawatts which was previously allocated to the company.

” Although the Disco did not give reason for the drastic reduction in grid allocation, it, however, said the drop has led to load-shedding of some areas.

The situation is, however, taking a toll on the socio-economic activities as business owners say they spend millions of naira to power their generating sets.

It is estimated that businesses in the FCT spend up to N200 million monthly on costs associated with maintaining electricity generating sets.

The manager of a manufacturing company at Idu industrial area, an Indian national who craved anonymity for fear of victimization said he runs generator at least 18 hours daily in order to remain in business.

“The power situation is bad, we run generator for about 18 hours. PHCN is unreliable and it doesn’t come at all nowadays. I can tell you that most of the manufacturing companies located here at the Idu Industrial Layout, now run on generators to meet up with their daily production,” he lamented.

Binta Garba, a housewife at Gwarimpa Estate, Abuja, said the epileptic power situation had made all the food items she stored in her refrigerator to go bad, leading to wastages.

She appealed to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company to do something urgently, especially with the adverse weather condition which was causing a lot of heat and health hazards to children especially.

-    NAN

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