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Why Bayelsa Records Frequent Blackouts, By PHED

Posted: Mar 17, 2016 at 1:10 am   /   by   /   comments (1)

Igoniko Oduma, Yenogoa

The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) has given reasons why Bayelsa State will continue to face frequent blackout for the most part of every year.

Mr. Jonah Iboma, PHED’s Corporate Communications, Manager, Port Harcourt, said on Tuesday that lack of industries in the state had been responsible for the unstable energy supply to the state.

He said this during an interactive with journalists in Yenagoa on the company’s “new tariff and new possibilities” under its Multi-Year Tariff Order (MYTO).

The governments of Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River had in 2011 incorporated a joint venture company known as Four-Power to distribute electricity in their areas, as part of measures to guarantee regular supply of power.

The four states have eight percent stake in PHED which is entitled to 6.5 percent (about 250 mega watts) of the total energy released from the National Control Centre located Osogbo, Osun State.

Iboma explained that PHED’s primary concern was profit making, stressing that industrialised areas were more likely to pay electricity bills unlike Bayelsa that had yet to host industries.

He said the purpose of the new tariff was aimed at setting a tariff that reconciles requirment for a cost that is reflective of the customer’s needs.

Highlighting the advantages of the new tariff, Iboma said the hitherto thorny issue of fixed charge of N700 had been removed.

He said the consumer would henceforth enjoy energy efficiency and pay for power consumed only, adding that the company’s accountability process had been reviewed for better distribution of resources.

Iboma also debunked insinuation that the PHED does not have the capacity for effective distribution of energy, saying the firm has all it takes to remain in business.

“We have renewed our commitment to pursue an aggressive path to reduce energy losses, metering, customer enumeration, improved customer service and embedded generation”, he said.

Iboma urged the people of Bayelsa to pay their bills promptly and have a change of attitude towards protecting energy infrastructure in the state.

“Payment of bills will put us in a position to render more service to consumers in the state. So, we are appealing to the government, individuals and commercial ventures to co-operate with us”, he added.