Epileptic power supply strangulating us, business owners lament

May 6, 2022 Blueprint 0

The dire power situation in Nigeria has become a source of concern to many businesses that have seen their operating costs shoot up on a daily basis; BENJAMIN UMUTEME writes. Yaro, as he is fondly called by his clients and neighbours alike, runs a barbing saloon in Jikwoyi Phase 3. The worsening power supply situation has steadily been affecting his Read More

FEC approves multi-billion naira electricity contracts

April 27, 2022 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved multibillion naira contracts for the power sector to boost electricity supply across the country. Minister of Power, Mr Abubakar D. Aliyu, said this while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the weekly FEC meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari. The minister, who presented three memos to the council, said approvals were Read More

Abandoned promises (2): In search of the 40mw

April 7, 2022 Dan Agbese 0

Man may not live by bread alone, but he must live on the promises of his political leaders. A promise is about a better tomorrow. If a promise is broken, abandoned or cynically unfulfilled it casts a shadow on the future for nations and individuals. Nations build themselves on promises of a better and greater tomorrow themselves and their citizens. Read More

The honeymoon is over in Nasarawa

March 23, 2022 Victoria Ngozi Ikeano 0

Ladies and gentlemen, I regret to report that the honeymoon (regarding steady power supply) in Nasarawa state is over. It is as though it was a kind of abracadabra’; pardon my language, but when you are writing in an environment of suffocating heat exacerbated by blackout in the peak of the hot season, it can alter your body system and Read More

Electricity

The colossal cost of dormant electricity

March 21, 2022 Blueprint 0

Nigeria has been in dense darkness for a greater part of the last two weeks. On two frenzied days last week th9e whole country was in darkness as the national grid collapsed totally. The darkness persisted even after the grid was reactivated. Few communities now enjoy power for five hours in a whole day. Two weeks ago, Russia captured Ukraine’s Read More

14 power stations perform low in 2 months – Report

March 15, 2022 Blueprint 0

Following the power outages being experienced across the country, findings have shown that 14 gas-powered generating stations in the country had, in the last two months, either had limited generation or had not generated power alt all. This came on the heels of an announcement by the Eko Electricity Distribution Company, EKEDC, notifying customers of a planned outage from February Read More

Electricity

Nigerians hit with another blackout as national grid collapses

March 15, 2022 Segun Odunewu Lagos 0

As the country continues to suffer from appalling electricity, Blueprint has gathered that Nigeria’s electricity national grid suffered another collapse on Monday, plunging many homes into further darkness. The grid, which is being managed by the government-owned Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has continued to suffer system collapse over the years amid a lack of spinning reserve that is meant Read More

Why electricity supply remains unstable nationwide – TCN

March 10, 2022 Segun Odunewu Lagos 0

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has explained why electricity supply in the country has remained erratic in recent times, blaming it on low power generation by the power generation companies. In a statement signed by TCN’s, General Manager, Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, reports that TCN has reduced the load allocation to distribution companies was not correct. “For clarity, TCN Read More

BPE hands over Aba ring-fenced area to Geometric Power

February 16, 2022 Benjamin Umuteme 0

The federal government has assured that despite the challenges in the power sector, it would not relent until it resolves issues in the sector and make it attractive to investors. The Director General, Bureau of public Enterprises (BPE), Alex A. Okoh, gave the assurance at the handing over of the Aba ring-fenced area to Geometric Power Wednesday. The BPE DG Read More

62.24 % electricity customers still on estimated billing

January 25, 2022 Tope Sunday with agencies 0

A total of 62.24% of electricity customers are still on estimated billing across the country, a data sourced from the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has revealed. Blueprint had exclusively reported that despite the National Mass Metering Programme (NMMP) introduced by the federal government to meter all eligible customers, some Nigerians have rejected free meters. Under the NMMP, which was Read More

Nokia reveals accelerated plans to use renewable electricity

January 18, 2022 Blueprint 0

Nokia is looking to reduce emissions from its own operations by moving to 100% renewable electricity in the next three years. The company revealed the ambitious transition target on Tuesday, when it announced it has joined RE100, a global initiative led by the Climate Group in partnership with CDP, which brings together the world’s most influential businesses committed to 100% Read More

Despite blackout, 2,248MW of power stranded monthly in 2021 – Gencos

January 12, 2022 Blueprint 0

Despite the blackout witnessed in many parts of Nigeria last year, a monthly average of 2,248.5 megawatts of electricity was stranded and unutilised in the same year, industry data from power generation companies showed. It was gathered on Tuesday that while the average available power generation capacity for the 12-month period in 2021 was 6,336.52MW, the actual average generation put Read More

Reviewing Nigeria’s power sector in 2021

December 28, 2021 Blueprint 0

Experts believe that much progress could be achieved in the power sector in 2022, especially if the government is able to follow through with its deal with German electricity giant, Siemens Group.   Access to electricity, no doubt, is a catalyst for any nation in its drive for industrialisation. The importance of power to socio-economic development, creating myriad of opportunities Read More

Enhanced supply: Complement our effort to sustain tempo, KEDCO begs consumers

December 10, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Management of Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) has appealed to its numerous customers to report all forms of activities that could threaten the current improvement in supply being experienced across the Kano franchise. According to the management, for the past one week, there has been constant supply with a minimum of between 14, 18 and 24 hours of supply, Read More

$2.3bn Siemens project to increase electricity supply to 25,000MW – FG

December 10, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Federal Government has disclosed the Siemens deal between it and its German counterpart is back on the stream. Recall that the $2.3billion Siemens power project was reportedly stalled due to some local content issues. The Minister of Power, Engr. Abubakar Aliyu, who disclosed this at the annual workshop of the Power Correspondents Association of Nigeria (PCAN), in Abuja, Thursday, Read More

Solar solution to Nigeria’s energy poverty

November 8, 2021 Jerry Uwah 0

CNN report last week derisively tagged Nigeria as a country that is oil rich but energy poor. It was referring to Nigeria’s abysmal electric power supply situation. Nigeria has a notoriety for abysmal electricity supply in the whole world. The World Bank recently celebrated Nigeria’s energy poverty by declaring it the country with the highest number of people without access Read More

Electricity customers have risen above 10m – ANED

November 3, 2021 Blueprint 0

The number of registered electricity consumers in the country has risen above 10 million by the first quarter of this year, a data released by the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED) has disclosed. ANED is the umbrella body of 10 of the 11 power distribution companies or Discos in the country. The data, however, showed that only 41 percent Read More

Enugu APC chairman mocks PDP over pledge to rescue Nigeria

October 31, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The newly elected Enugu State Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Comrade Adolphus Udeh has mocked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over its pledge to rescue Nigeria. According to Udeh, before rescuing Nigeria, PDP should first account for the uncountable underdevelopment obstacles the party embedded in the system,   prior to their exit from power in 2015. In a press Read More

Re-nationalise power sector for effective results, Coalition tells FG

October 22, 2021 Bayo Agboola 0

The Coalition for Affordable and Regular Electricity (CARE), Oyo state chapter, Friday called for re-nationalisation of the country’s power sector to be managed and controlled by elected representatives of workers and consumers. CARE, in a statement jointly signed by its convener, Akinbodunshe Shadrack, and the co-convener, Comrade Ayodeji Adigun, faulted the take-over of one of the largest investors in Ibadan Read More

Re-nationalise power sector for effective results, Coalition tells FG

October 22, 2021 Bayo Agboola 0

The Coalition for Affordable and Regular Electricity (CARE), Oyo state chapter, Friday called for re-nationalisation of the country’s power sector to be managed and controlled by elected representatives of workers and consumers. CARE, in a statement jointly signed by its convener, Akinbodunshe Shadrack, and the co-convener, Comrade Ayodeji Adigun, faulted the take-over of one of the largest investors in Ibadan Read More

2022 budget: Analysts reply finance minister on exploitation of electricity consumers

October 18, 2021 Paul Okah 0

The Association for Public Policy Analysis (APPA) has tackled the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, and Director General, Budget Office of the Federation, Ben Akabueze, over the exploitation of electricity consumers, demanding urgent intervention. In an interview with our reporter in Abuja, the National President of APPA, Comrade Princewill Okorie, said that electricity consumers are Read More

FCTA dislodges Lugbe illegal markets

October 12, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

The Federal Capital Territory Administration Tuesday resumed the war against roadside trading, dislodging two illegal markets located at Federal Housing Junction and the popular Car Wash bus stop, at Lugbe. These markets are said to be contributing to the perennial traffic gridlock at Lugbe at peak hours.The Chairman, FCT Ministerial Committee on City Sanitation, Ikharo Attah, said that the renewed Read More

Port Harcourt Electricity loses 215 transformers to vandals

September 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) has raised the alarm that over 215 of its electricity transformers have been vandalized in the last few weeks in Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Bayelsa and Cross River states. To this end, the Disco has appealed to members of the public to desist from the despicable act of tampering with its network, fittings, meters, Read More