The National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN), has issued certificates to 20 engineering graduates of the Institute’s 2017 Session Graduate Skills Development Programme (NGSDP) in Abuja.
Sponsored by Mainstream Energy Solutions Limited (MESL), concessionaire of Kainji and Jebba Hydropower Generation Companies (GenCos), the graduates who are from the host Communities are being trained to enhance their professionalism on the job.
The Director General of NAPTIN, Ahmed Bolaji Nagode said the sponsorship was a good way of giving back to the society as he urged other firms in the power sector to emulate the MESL model. “I can assure you that those who have been trained by NAPTIN will definitely be the best in the energy industry,” he noted.
The Managing Director of MESL, Engr. Lamu Audu at the Certificate presentation said: “We got an approval to take 10 trainees every year. We did 10 in the first year and another 10 engineers that have graduated; and fortunately, we have gotten approval to do 20 this year at NAPTIN. ” He said the training was fully sponsored by Mainstream Foundation, a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of MESL. He urged the graduates to work towards yielding results.
A graduate, Murtala Isa from Kontagora in Niger state who spoke for the others said NAPTIN gave us the opportunity to learn hands-on experience at the power plants. “MESL gave us the opportunity to excel and gave a platform to learn about hydro power generation,” he added.
Executive Director of Mainstream Foundation, Alhaji Abdullahi Siraj lauded NAPTIN for the training programme just as he urged the graduates to make use of the training and the advice they have received from power sector experts to become the best in their career.
A 7.5MVA injection substation has been commissioned by the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, (EEDC), in Enugu. The project, which is said to be a brainchild of Senator Gilbert Nnaji representing Enugu East Senatorial District, was fully funded by the EEDC, as part of efforts geared towards ensuring steady power supply in the community.
Speaking at the commissioning, the Senator representing Anambra Central, Senator Victor Umeh who represented the Chairman of the EEDC, Chief Sir Emeka Offor, noted that Nigeria needed power supply to enhance economic development and improve lives, promising that the Company would do everything to maximise the supply of power to its customers.
Earlier, the Managing Director of EEDC, Okechukwu Nwosu had disclosed that the Company was committed to delivering quality power supply to its customers. According to him, “the substation that is being commissioned today is housing 3 units of 11KV Feeders, and designed to enhance quality of electricity supply to our customers within Nike Lake Resort and environs, Amorji, Ibagwa, Harmony, Edem, Alulu, Umuchigbo down to Last Bus-Stop.
“This initiative has de-loaded the Abakpa 1 – 11KV feeder, which prior to now, was serving these areas and other parts of Abakpa and Thinkers Corner, Emene. We are therefore happy to say that approximately 13,000 EEDC customers are already benefiting from this project. “We all would agree that electricity is central to the social and economic development of our nation and we are playing our part, as a responsible corporate organization, to ensure that the South East, which is our franchise area is not left out in this conscious effort aimed at transforming the socio economic landscape of the South East zone.”
He added that “the enormous challenges in the power sector is of great concern to every industry player, but this has not deterred us in our quest to delivering exceptional services to our customers. So far, we have committed both human and financial resources to ensure that this goal is achieved.
“The Nike Lake Injection Substation is actually one of the numerous projects that we embarked on to provide quality and reliable electricity supply to our esteemed customers. “Recently, at Nsukka, Enugu State, we built and commissioned the UNN 33KV and Orba 33KV Feeders to evacuate energy from the Nru TCN Substation to our customers. We wish to acknowledge that the Orba 33KV feeder was financed by the Enugu State government, and we want to appreciate His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and the Executive Governor of Enugu State for this support.
“With this development, the UNN 33KV Feeder now cater for the University of Nigeria, Nsukka without interruptions, as well as Onuiyi Haven and environs; while the Orba 33KV Feeder serves Obollo Afor, Orba, Ehalumona, Orhodo, Opi and Enugu Ezike communities.”
The MD further stated that the Company had deployed over 70 units of 500KV transformers to replace some failed ones and also to serve as relief to some areas identified to be expanding within our network. “Equally, as part of our effort to ensure that our customers are metered, we have embarked on massive installation of smart prepaid meters to our customers across our franchise area at no cost to them. As a matter of fact, between January 2018 to August, over 50,000 customers were metered, bringing the total number of our prepaid customers to about 190, 000,” he said.
As part of government's efforts to end the age-long electricity problem being encountered by the residents of the Ondo South Senatorial District of Ondo State, the Federal Government has awarded contracts for the reconstruction of damaged power distribution infrastructure in the four Local Government Areas in the district.
Speaking at a meeting of stakeholders with the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, at Okitipupa, on Tuesday, the Executive Director, Engineering and Technical Services of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company, Ife Oyedele said government was committed to restoring electricity to the Ondo South Senatorial District, whose residents of over 1,000 communities had been without electricity for the past 10 years. Following the development according to him, various youths associations in the area had staged protests at one time or the other, calling the attention of the government for immediate solution.
Oyedele disclosed that work had begun, pointing out that the type of power intervention that had been approved for the district by the Federal Government was unprecedented in the history of the Country.
The Special Adviser to Governor Akeredolu on Public Utilities, Tunji Ariyomo, disclosed that the Governor had once declared emergency on electricity in the District through a two-prong approach that included “direct intervention by the state government as well as grid-tied intervention through Federal Agencies such as the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and the Niger Delta Development Company (NDDC).”
President Muhammadu Buhari has solicited the support of the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, for the country’s aspiration to build the 3050 Megawatts Mambilla hydroelectric power project.
According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant, Media to the President, Garba Shehu, President Buhari, at an earlier meeting with President Xi, while commending him for successfully hosting the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), solicited the Chinese government’s support for the Mambilla hydropower project, noting that Mambilla project remains a key priority to Nigeria.
President Buhari noted that over the years China had provided concessionary loans to fund critical infrastructure projects in Nigeria, adding that these interventions have positively impacted on millions of Nigerians and will continue to do so for generations to come. ‘‘Mr President, as we celebrate these successes, I would like to once again solicit your support for the Mambilla Hydropower Project which remains a key priority for my government. Our hope is to fund the project with concessionary loans from China as any alternative funding arrangement will adversely impact the project’s viability. ‘‘We have been informed that our submission on this project is undergoing assessment by the relevant Chinese agencies. We hope with your kind intervention, this assessment will be expedited. Your Excellency, Mambilla is Nigeria’s equivalent of the three gorges dam. My wish is that you join me for the ground-breaking ceremony of this project in the not too distant future,’’ President Buhari said.
In his remarks, President Xi who commended Nigeria’s fight against terrorism and the progress that has been made so far, promised China’s support in capacity building and intelligence sharing, the military, agriculture, trade as well as the power sector. ‘‘The relationship between Nigeria and China is as best as ever, especially given the deepening mutual trust. China will continue to stand with Nigeria,’’ he said.
Continuing, the Chinese leader told President Buhari that in respect of the Mambilla hydro power project, ‘‘we understand how critical the project is to your country and we will take a serious look at it and ensure that it succeeds because of its social and economic benefits.’’
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, has commended the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) during the last Power Sector Stakeholders Meeting in Minna, Niger State for recently completing the following projects: 2x15MVA, 33/11kV Injection Substation at Okene, 2×7.5MVA, 33/11kV Substation at Kabba, 2x15MVA, 33/11KV at Confluence Beach and 1×7.5MVA, 33/11KV at Felele all in Kogi State.
According to the Company, three communities, Egbema, Iyioka and Kalabari Beach which are hosts to the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) Egbema Power Plant and NIPP distribution projects comprising injection substations, lines and distribution systems in each of the communities have been completed, awaiting testing and commissioning.
Stressing that rehabilitation of the 33kV line has also commenced and is 45% completed. When completed, it is hoped that, the project will boost socio-economic activities in the area as well as, curb restiveness of the people and allow for smooth operation of Egbema Power Plant, which will in turn, guarantee a more stable power supply to the town and its environs and provide flexibility in operation and maintenance of the network.
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has tasked the Chief Executive Officers of Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) on ensuring better performance and service delivery in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).
Speaking during a consultative meeting with the DisCos’ heads, Chairman of NERC, Prof. James Momoh said the blame game in NESI has not solved any problem and must stop. He urged operators and the regulators to be committed to their responsibilities to ensure improvement in electricity supply. “We all have obligations to ensure functional utility to ensure improved accessibility to electricity services to Nigerians. The day when all Nigeria will be lighted is in our hands”. “We want to see improvement in quality of service and creation of new businesses out of our challenging situations".
Momoh told participants at the meeting that arrangement on centralized payment system for electricity for Ministries, Agencies and Extra- Ministerial Departments (MDA) of Government when completed, will address the issue of non-payment of electricity bills by the MDAs.
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has given power generation licenses to 14 more operators to build and generate up to 2,809.1 megawatts (MW) of electricity. According to the 2017 third quarter regulatory report of NERC which was recently released, the licenses included nine on-grid generation plants with a total nameplate capacity of 2,738 MW and five captive power generation plants with a total capacity of 71.1 MW. The new licenses brings the number of power generation licenses so far issued by NERC to 132.
It added that 93 of them were on-grid licenses, 29 were off-grid and 10 were independent electricity networks. “During the quarter under review, the commission granted licenses, permits and certificates to a number of qualified applicants. The commission issued nine on-grid generation licenses with a total nameplate capacity of 2,738 MW, while five permits were issued for captive power generation with a total capacity of 71.1 MW. “This brings the total number of on-grid, off-grid issued by the commission since inception up till the end of the third quarter of 2017 to 93, 29 and 10 respectively,” said the report. The new generation licenses when completed, would increase Nigeria’s power generation capacity.
The Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) has inducted 70 of its engineers for training at the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN).
Managing Director of NEMSA and Chief Electrical Inspector of the Federation, Engr. Peter Ewesor who spoke at the induction ceremony in Abuja on Tuesday said the training was part of the Agency’s resolve to boost capacity for its field engineers to improve the inspection, testing and certification for safe electricity networks across Nigeria, urging the trainees to make the best use of the opportunity so they can be well equipped in the power sector.
According to the Agency, as at June 2018, it has trained 142 electrical inspectors at NAPTIN. While 87 of them were trained in Lagos, the other 55 senior electrical inspectors began their training in Abuja in May 2018.
According to him, NEMSA has capacity for massive meter testing and certification for the Meter Assets Providers (MAP) regulation launched by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in April, as the three meter test stations in Kaduna, Oshodi and Port Harcourt are being remodelled. “We are already creating a meter testing station in Enugu, which is going to be completed this year. And we expect that first quarter of next year, it will start operation. We are equally starting the one in Kano to ensure we capture all the meters coming into the country,” Ewesor noted.
He also announced the decline on the rate of electrocution which he traced to heightened awareness strategies the Agency has created along strict technical enforcement actions on power networks. Giving update about the removal of structures along power lines, Ewesor said the 11 Distribution Companies (DisCos) are now disconnecting those structures. He also said that state governments are setting up committees to ensure that those disconnected structures are removed from under the electricity lines nationwide.
Following the creation of the Abuja region, out of the Shiroro and Benin Region of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), the Ajaokuta sub region has been ceded to the new Abuja Region. In a hand over ceremony held recently at the Benin Regional office at Sapela Road, Benin City, the GM (Transmission) Benin Region, Engr. Jami Adetola presented the administrative, technical and financial documents belonging to Ajaokuta sub region to his Abuja Region counterpart, Engr. Ndudi P. Ogu.
Engr. Adetola citing the MD /CEO’s memo, noted that given the proximity of Ajaokuta to Abuja, TCN Management deemed it fit to transfer the sub region to Abuja Region for improved efficiency and management of its increasing load. The gesture, he added, would hasten the pace of fault – clearing on Ajaokuta lines among others. He described Ajaokuta as the most incident – free sub region under the Benin Region.
In accepting the gesture, the GM (transmission) Abuja, Engr. Ogu, on behalf of Abuja Region, said “I am delighted to receive the Ajaokuta sub region from you, you handed it over to us in good shape and I promise to keep it in good shape and most of all improved on it”.
The Ajaokuta sub region has four 330KV lines, which include: B11J, B12J, Ajaokuta/Lokoja/Gwagwalada 1 and Gwagawalada 2, which has the followings: 132KV Okene Okpella, Ajaokuta/ Okene and steel work 132/33KV lines. Sub stations in the region include: Ajaokuta main 330/132KV, Lokoja 330/132KV, Okene 132KV, Okpella 132KV, Geregu 1, Geregu 2 and Aimgba 132KV which is under construction.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, recently disclosed that the eligible customer policy has started yielding fruits as Mainstream Energy Limited, an electricity distribution company (GenCo) has signed on five industrial customers. “Information reaching me shows that five industrial customers are now benefitting from the policy and taking their power directly from a GENCO, who incidentally is our host today, Messrs Mainstream Energy Ltd,” the Minister said.
Speaking at the 29th Monthly Power Sector Operators Meeting hosted by Mainstream Energy Solution Limited in Minna, Niger State, on progress made by the current Administration on its journey to incremental, steady and uninterrupted power supply, Fashola said that eligible customer policy, an intervention of the federal government, was designed to improve the distribution side of the electricity value chain and facilitate better power supply to consumers who consumed up to 2 Megawatts and above.
On measure being taken to strengthen the distribution of electricity, the Minister said he has issued directives to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to work out and implement Competition Transition Charges as provided by law, to safeguard them from any losses. “We will continue to monitor the impact of the policy and remain flexible to keep what works and change what does not; and I urge everybody to remain open-minded, adaptive and responsive,” he said. Fashola further stated that the Distribution Companies (DisCos) remain the weakest in the power sector value chain. “Those who know and who genuinely desire to solve problems in this industry do not need to be told that the most pressing challenge of the sector today lies at the distribution end. The distribution of available energy to consumers”. “The other, of course, is the supply of meters to consumers. These two issues of power distribution and supply of meters rank highest in the feedback from the stakeholders in the industry,” he stated.
He added that, “In order to address these challenges and find solutions to them, I issued policy guidelines and directives to appropriate institutions for them to act. It is in this context that I think it is fortuitous that Mainstream is our host today, because my remarks will focus on the review of progress we have made with some of our policies,” he said.
FRENCH PRESIDENT MACRON ARRIVES ABUJA MEETS PRESIDENT BUHARI
Left to Right President Emmanuel Macron of France with President Muhammadu Buhari during Macrons arrival at the State House Abuja on Tuesday 3rd July 2018
FASHOLA KACHIKWU ONNOGHEN AT THE 3RDIIPELPNJI ANNUAL JUDGES WORKSHOP ON PETROLEUM GAS AND POWER SECTORS
Hon Minister of Power Works Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola SANmiddle representative of the Ag President and Hon Minister of State Petroleum Resources Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu left and representative of the Attorney General of the Federation Mr Pius Otehmiddle during the Opening Ceremony of the 3rdIIPEPNJI Annual Judges Workshop on Petroleum Gas and Power Sectors at the Aloysius Katsina Alu Seminar Block National Judicial Institute Abuja on Monday 19th June 2017