2018: DESOPADEC To Focus On Completion Of Ongoing Projects – MD

Managing Director, Delta Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Mr. Willisms Makinde, has said that the commission
will focus on the completion of ongoing projects in the oil producing communities rather than awarding new ones.
Makinde disclosed this on while addressing newsmen
in Oghara, Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta.
He said that it would be unwise for the commission to award new projects in 2018 while most of the existing ones were yet to be completed.
“It will be of no use embarking on thousands of projects
that will be abandoned later.
“We will definitely complete our centralised projects in 2018. Those that are 92 per cent, we will increase the funding in order to complete them.
“We don’t want to leave hundreds of projects hanging around uncompleted. The people should not expect a new project in 2018.
Expert Lauds FG On Electricity Transmission Network
An expert in the power sector, Mr. Sunday Makinde yesterday
lauded Federal Government’s
effort at improving electricity
transmission network across the country.
Makinde, a former Chairman, Nigerian
Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (NIEEE), who gave the commendation in an interview
with Newsmen in Lagos, said that prior to this development; the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) did not have the capacity to evacuate energy generated by Generation
Companies (GENCOs).
I
t would be recalled that President
Muhammadu Buhari in his New Year address to the nation said generation of electricity had now reached 7,000Megawatts (MW).
Buhari said that as at Dec. 8, 2017, the country had achieved 5,155MW of power delivered to its consumers, the highest level ever recorded.
A
ccording to the President, TCN can now distribute all the 7,000MW that can be generated.
“TCN and the Niger Delta Holding Company have added 1,950MVA of 330 down to 132KV transformer capacity from 10 transmission stations.
“Also, it has added 2,930MVA of 132 down to 33KV transformer capacity from 42 sub-stations that include: Ikot Ekpene, Aba, Alagbon, Ajah, Ejigbo, Funtua and Zaria.
“This administration is working with the Distribution Companies (DISCOs) to overcome the continuing
challenges of distribution,” he said.
The former chairman said that the government had succeeded in solving the problem of energy evacuation from GENCOs to DISCOs with the improved transmission network.
“Over time, we have witnessed a situation in which when GENCOs generate above 4,000mw, it will be difficult for TCN to evacuate them.
“But from the President’s speech, I am delighted to hear that our TCN has the capacity to evacuate all the energy generated.
“This is a big plus to the present administration.
“This has shown that the government
is aware of the challenges in the power sector,” he said.
Makinde also commended the present administration in resolving the litigation involving some power plant projects.
According to him, if the power plant project is completed, it will contribute more megawatts to what the country is currently generating.
He, however, pleaded with the Federal Government to compel DISCOs to carry out an up to date maintenance of their equipment.
“Consumers are having challenges of getting improved power supply if the DISCOs’ cables and transformers
are faulty.
“If all these loopholes can be plugged, consumers will enjoy improved
power generation,” he said.
Makinde also urged Federal Government
to embrace the use of renewable
energy, adding that many countries were generating energy through solar and wind energies.
TCN, GENCOs Working To Restore Operation On National Transmission Grid – Fashola
“However, the communities we have not visited before
in our catchment areas, we will ensure we put in something,” he said.
The DESOPADEC boss, who has eight months left in his tenure, commended Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta for the prudent management of the resources coming into the state.
He said that the commission had an initial financial challenge at the beginning of 2017, adding that most of the challenges had gradually faded away with improved monthly funding by the governor.
“We appreciate Gov. Okowa for his support in the past five or six months by way of releasing money for DESOPADEC
to fund some of those projects,” Makinde said.
He also commended the oil producing communities in the state for their patience and understanding, assuring that things would get better.
“Now that things have improved, they will see the impact of the commission and we will speed up our activities in the mandate areas,” he said.