The Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), is targeting to have 15 megawatts of electricity added to Ekiti after the completion of the ongoing 1×7.5MVA, 33/11KV injection substation sited in Ido-Ekiti.
NDPHC executive director, Networks, Engr. IfeOluwa Oyedele, who disclosed this in Ido-Ekiti during the groundbreaking ceremony of the construction of the substation, with its associated 33KV/11KV & LT lines and four 500KVA distribution substation transformer, noted that that the power company had completed five injection substations in Ekiti state since its inception.
He said the project upon completion would improve the socio-economic wellbeing of the people of the benefiting communities.
“It is for the entire local government because the power requirement of the Ekiti state is in the region of about 250MW. When you add 10 to 15MW to that kind of load, you will see it is substantial.
“And when you reinforce this, it will relieve other substaions of the load that they are presently carrying. It is something that the entire community and its environs will benefit from.
Oyedele noted that following the intervention of the governor of Ekiti state, the NDPHC, in keeping with its mandate to improve electricity infrastructure in Nigeria, a tripartite ad-hoc committee comprising of NDPHC, BEDC and Ekiti state representative was set-up to assess the way to improve Electricity supply in the state.
He noted that the project being flagged off is part of the 10 proposed NDPHC intervention project in Ekiti state. “In scoping this project, we engaged with BEDC and we have been assured that the intervention of NDPHC in the improvement of electricity infrastructure in this community will align with their proposed infrastructure upgrade in the Community and the entire state.
“We have about five already completed distribution projects in the Ekiti state from the inception of NDPHC”’ he said.
Oyedele also disclosed that the company has constructed and commissioned over 350 injection substations with a combined capacity of about 3540MW across the country.
In addition, his stated that the company since its inception in 2004 till date has also constructed a total of 18 substations.
“NDPHC since its inception has completed 2,194km and 887km of 330kV and 132kV Transmission Lines respectively. This is in addition to completed ten (10) new 330/132kV Substations and eight (8) new 132/33kV Substations which are connected to the National Grid thus significantly added 5590MVA and 3493MVA capacities at 330kV and 132kV levels respectively.
“NDPHC has constructed and commissioned over 350 Injection Substations with a combined capacity of about 3540MW across the length and breadth of this country.
“NDPHC has further constructed about 2600km of 11KV and 4600km of 33kV distribution lines for improvement access to electricity and quality of power supply to consumers.
“In the last 14 years, we have been able to build generation stations to the capacity of 5000MW. I know that you know that up till date moment, the whole of Nigeria did not take up to the 5000MW. So, if you add 5000MW, it means we have doubled the generation capacity of Nigeria.
“Right now, we have over 10 projects that are at the 99 percent completed. The contribution of the NDPHC, like I said, in one of the interviews, if you remove all the lines constructed by NDPHC, Nigeria will probably be in darkness”, Oyedele said.
Performing the ground breaking ceremony of the project, the Ekiti state governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who noted that the power supply to the state was grossly inadequate, stated that the substation when completed will bridge the supply gap in the state.
Fayemi, who appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari and management of the NDPHC for the project, called for its early completion.
The Olujodo of Ido-Ekiti, Oba Ayorinde Ilori Faboro, in an interview with journalists, expressed his appreciation to the government and NDPHC, disclosing that with the project, businesses that had relocated from the community would come back.
“First of all, I am grateful to the government of the federation, for siting the substation here. Electricity is very important to us. We have suffered alot. Right now, I am using generator and I have spent a lot of money on diesel. The money that I should be using for my upkeep, I am spending it on generator.
“So, with this substation here and with the promise that it will improve electricity supply to my town, I am very happy. I am also grateful to the governor of Ekiti state, the Niger Delta Power Holding Company and all those who made it happened.
“I know that with good electricty, the bussinesses that have relocated from this town because of poor electricty, will come back. It is a good thing that has come to my town.
“We are 13 communities in Ido-Osi Local Government and all the communities will benefit from this project. Now, we are getting our light from Omu’Aran (Kwara state). When the light is coming, it will first step down at Otun, when Otun is happy, they will give light to Aiyetoro along the road; when Aiyetoro is happy, they will pass the light to Usi, when Usi is happy, they will give us light.
So, sometimes in a week, we don’t have light. In a month, we hardly get up to 50 hours of electricty, which is very poor. But with this substation, we will not be waiting for these people to ration us light. Rather, we will now have power here and still give to other communities”, the monarch said.