Following the massive destruction to electric*ity installations in the North East by the Boko Ha*ram insurgents, the Yola Elec*tricity Distribution Company, YEDC has approached the Presidential Initiative on the North East for interference to restore electricity back to the affected areas within the shortest possible time.
Managing Director of Yola Electricity Distribution Company(YEDC) Engr, Ba*baumara Mustapha disclosed this to newsmen in Yola. He said: “So far, only a few com*munities in the Boko Haram ravaged states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states have had their electricity restored”.
Engr. Mustapha said that already YEDC has submitted an assessment and finding re*ports on the issue to Pres*idential Initiative on North/ East (PINE), and we believed that this measures were ad*opted was the best consider*ing the capital intensive na*ture of the projects.
“If we in the YEDC said we can handle the project, it will take us years to com*plete, hence the approach to the presidential initiative on the North East for quick in*tervention,” he stated.
“These areas needed ur*gent power restoration and most affected communities include Damboa, Michika, Gujba, Uba Askira and Dam*asak which were cut off from the national grids by the in*surgents.
Meanwhile, the compa*ny has procured 240 Units of Single Face High Voltage Distribution Transformers to boost Small and Medium Scale Enterprises and im*prove epileptic power supply to it 300,000 customers in the zone.
The MD noted that the transformers, comprises 25, 20, and 15 KVAs is designed to reduce technical load, and improve voltage quality.
“The transformers are van*dal free, controls low voltage and cannot be tampered with by thieves.”
He assured customers that 80 percent of YEDC custom*ers in the zone would be me*tered free of charge by first quarter of 2017, while calling on them to reports fault and fraudulent staff of the compa*ny to state forum offices.
He appealed to consum*ers to bear the YEDC over the epileptic supply experi*enced in the last one week in the zone which he said is caused by gas constraints which dropped generations of power to 3000 Megawatts and has affected YEDC’s 3.5 per cent national share.
Mustpha called on the cus*tomers to bear with the com*pany describing six mega*watts allocated to the state last Saturday as inadequate.