The management of Benin Electricity Distribution Company (Benin DisCo) yesterday said 19 communities in Ondo State which are part of its coverage area will continue to remain unconnected to the national electricity grid due to infrastructure that must be replaced at a cost ₦390million, and outstanding debts of 280million.
The DisCo however added that as part of ongoing collaborative efforts with the Federal Ministry of Power to resolve service problem in about six local government areas in the state 36 communities previous without electricity supply have been reconnected.
This is contained in the communique issued at the end of the 29th monthly meeting of the minister of Power, Works and Housing with operators of the Power Sector, held on yesterday at Idris Kutigi International Conference Centre, Minna, Niger State. The meeting challenged State Government to work with the DisCos to improve power supply in their respective states
Meanwhile, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola has directed the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to take over the organization and conduct of the monthly meeting, stressing that the Ministry will henceforth would be represented and continue its oversight, policy and directional role.
Addressing the media on the sideline of the meeting, Fashola said government has identified six hydro dams to be concessioned to private operators to build, operate, and transfer to improve delivery of power to Nigerian households.
The Minister stated that the meeting noted the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN ) expansion of transmission capacity at Bida from 30MVA to 60MVA as well as Suleja, Minna and Kontagora.
He stated that the meeting therefore directed that TCN, Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), Niger State Government and the Ministry to constitute a committee to work out ways of maximizing the use of the added capacity in Niger State to improve power supply to its residents.
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