TCN restores Aba Power to national grid

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TCN restores Aba Power to national grid,

Management of the Aba, Abia State based APL Electric Power Ltd ( APL ) yesterday announced the restoration of electric power to Aba from the national grid about ten days after it was disconnected by the Transmission Company of Nigeria ( TCN) for alleged non full settlement of the Power Bill supplied to APL

APL in a statement thanked all those that showed concern over the disconnect and tried to cause the reconnection explaining that ” On April 19, 2023, the Market Operator, a unit of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) wrote us a notice giving us 30 working days to clear the debt with it, and served us the letter the next day. The same day, the Market Operator wrote to the TCN asking it to cut us off immediately from the national grid which it complied”.

APL disclosed that despite the unfavourable operating environment in the country which has gravely impacted on its ( APL ) customers’ ability to pay their bills, it ( APL) paid N120m to the Market Operator last Friday, so as to reconnect it to the grid immediately.

APL stated that it took effective control of distributing power to the area called “Aba Ringfence” comprising nine of the state 17 LGAs only from last September and had paid the N440 million to Federal Government agencies in the power sector in the last six months.

According to the APL ” this is the first and only time in Nigeria’s history that an entire area serviced by an electricity distribution company has been cut off from the grid, with all the far-reaching socioeconomic and security implications for the whole nation”.

It lamented that In the case of other DisCos, not more than two or three Feeders would be put out for two or three days, despite their owing billions of naira adding that while the blackout in the Aba Ringfence which lasted for more than one week, caused APL tremendous revenue and equipment losses, even as Nigerians from all parts of the country demonstrated not just an uncanny understanding and patience but also amazing solidarity with APL.

” We thank Nigerians for their stupendous confidence in us ( APL) and unflinching commitment to the common good and we can pledge to continue to work harder to provide reliable, quality and affordable power to all nine local government areas in Abia State we serve.

” To serve the people and organisations in the Aba Ringfence Area better, we need the support of all the stakeholders , individuals and communities to guard power infrastructure in their localities, report any suspicious act of vandalism to APL or to security agency because we constantly lose expensive machines, equipment and materials to thieves.

” We also need electricity consumers to pay their bills as and when due because when we generate revenue from customers who pay for power consumed, we will be able to discharge our obligations to, not just electricity providers like the Niger Delta Power Holding Company Ltd but also government agencies like the Transmission Company of Nigeria and by so doing, we will be able to avoid experiences like cutting off people and businesses in the Aba Ring- Fence from the national grid”.

According to the APL Management, ” a situation where only 40 per cent of businesses and individuals in the Aba Ringfence pay what they should is unacceptable as many electricity consumers bluntly refuse to pay for power consumed; some engage in meter by-passing; some others in other grave malpractices which can only make constant, quality and affordable power supply very difficult”.

Thanking the people and government of Abia State and all Nigerians for their solidarity during the disconnect period, APL declared “we are now more than ever determined to provide regular, quality and affordable electricity to all our customers hence all we need is your cooperation”.