DISCO explains poor supply of electricity to Mowe, Ibafo
The Management of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company Plc (IBEDC) has admitted to the poor supply of electricity in Mowe, Ibafo, and Magboro, saying efforts are in place to increase supply.
The Chief Operating Officer, John Ayodele, said the dismal power situation is a shared challenge between IBEDC and the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).
He explained that the three communities get their supply from Oke-Aro 132KV/33KV transmission station, and allocation by TCN for that area is 13MW, whereas the communities require about 40MW.
Ayodele said because the TCN could not allocate the energy required to serve all the customers in the communities, the only option is to deploy intensive load management, thereby ensuring that customers have equal hours of daily supply.
“Another major challenge is that the 33KV which is a straight network is solely under the control of the TCN. Whenever there is a fault, the normal routine is that our engineers must get an approval from the TCN before repairs can commence and this process is a bit challenging. Also depending on the nature of the fault and the terrain of the network affected, the process becomes more cumbersome.”
He further explained that IBEDC was working on the reconstruction of the old Owode-Egba network to enable some of the communities to benefit from the newly commissioned Abeokuta Transmission Station at Kobape.
“We are also appealing to our unmetered customers in this locality to take advantage of the Meter Asset Provider Scheme (MAP) to get metered. Our staff are on strict schedules to ensure that customers issues are promptly addressed.”