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IBEDC Attributes Poor Power Supply in Seven States to Energy Theft and Gas Supply Shortage

IMG 20240311 134921 jpg REPORT AFRIQUE International IBEDC Attributes Poor Power Supply in Seven States to Energy Theft and Gas Supply Shortage

Electricity Distribution Firm Cites Reasons for Dwindling Power in Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Kwara, Kogi, Niger, and Ekiti States

In a statement released on Sunday, the management of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company Plc (IBEDC) elucidated the factors contributing to the ongoing poor power supply in several states under its franchise.

According to IBEDC, one of the primary causes for the dwindling power availability is the surge in energy theft, with over 1,450 identified cases recorded between January and February 2024. This rampant theft has significantly hampered the company’s ability to deliver electricity to its customers.

Additionally, IBEDC pointed out the low supply of gas to generating companies (Gencos) as another major factor. The shortage of gas has led to a gradual decrease in available generation into the grid, thereby reducing the power available for distribution to consumers.

Furthermore, scheduled maintenance activities conducted by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) in January and March 2024 have necessitated planned outages in specific areas of IBEDC’s network. While these maintenance measures are crucial for ensuring the long-term reliability of electricity infrastructure, they have caused disruptions for customers.

The statement also highlighted the persistent issues of vandalism and theft of electricity infrastructure, as well as payment apathy from customers, which continue to negatively impact power supply in the region.

Despite these challenges, IBEDC expressed optimism that the situation would improve soon, citing urgent steps taken by the Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, to address the gas supply issue.

To combat energy theft and vandalism, IBEDC stated that they are collaborating with security agencies and urged customers to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities promptly.

Moreover, the company is actively exploring alternate sources of power to meet the growing demand within its franchise.

IBEDC apologized for any inconvenience caused to customers and reassured them of ongoing efforts to improve and strengthen the electricity infrastructure for efficient power distribution.

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