Govt partners TCN to build two additional power sub-stations in Ekiti

The Ekiti State Government and the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to construct two power transmission substations to address problems associated with a perpetual power outage in the state.

The projects to be constructed under the deal are Ado-Ilupeju and Ado-Ijesa Isu 132/33 KV Transmission Lines and Associated 2 X 60 MVA 132/33 KV substations at Ilupeju and Ijesa Isu.

Governor Kayode Fayemi said the signing of the pact represented a bold commitment of his administration to tackle epileptic power supply to the state, lift local businesses and attract more investors to the state.

Fayemi who signed the MoU with the representatives of TCN in Ado Ekiti, the state capital said the fulfillment of the pact would strengthen the network between the government, consumers and Transmission Company.

The Governor said a situation in which Ekiti has only one transmission station while some states have as many as eight was no longer acceptable noting that “electricity contributes to per capita income hence the need for all hands to be on deck to facilitate improvement in power supply in the state.”

He said: “To the Management of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), the fulfillment of the agreement will further strengthen the Network of the Company, fulfill the aims and goals of privatization and revamp the commitment of the Company to Ekiti State.

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“I want to assure you that this administration is desirous of having a better Ekiti in the area of electricity supply. I want to assure you that we will continue to provide an enabling environment under which TCN and other investors would thrive in the state.

The Commissioner for Infrastructure and Public Utilities, Mr. Bamidele Faparusi, disclosed that the state government has made land available for the locations earmarked for the transmission substations with unencumbered transmission line corridors for the implementation of the project.

The Commissioner disclosed that Ekiti receives the least power allocation of 16-26.0 megawatts out of the four states covered by Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC).

The TCN Team Leader, Mr Victor Adewumi, who assured that the project would be completed before the end of the second quarter of 2021 disclosed that Fayemi had been making representations to TCN on the project since his tenure as Minister of Mines and Steel Development.

“We are here to kick-start the project and a major problem for projects of this nature is the right of way. The law of Nigeria vests the ownership of the land on the shoulders of the governor and that is why we are here. If that one is sorted, the project will be completed before the end of second-quarter next year,” Adewumi added.

While noting that Ekiti had been previously underserved in terms of power supply, Adewumi said the two power transmission lines would make the state depend less on power service from the Osogbo transmission line which runs through Akure.

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