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Egbin Power Raises Alarm Over Threat To Electricity Generation

Posted: Oct 6, 2015 at 12:26 am   /   by   /   comments (1)

By Phillip Oladunjoye,


The Chief Executive Officer of Egbin Power Plant, Dallas M. Peavey, Jr., has said that the continued presence of illegal occupants at the Egbin Power Plc Housing Estate constitute a major challenge to ensuring sustained transformation as well as security of lives and property on the plant.

Peavey noted that Egbin whose sustained 1,100mw generation is driving recent increase in the nation’s power supply faces a huge setback from the current housing constraints due to the illegal occupants who were former employees of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).

Dallas M. Peavey, Jr.

Dallas M. Peavey, Jr.

He noted that the Egbin Housing Estate which was commissioned in 1985 as part of the Egbin Power facility, was designed to provide accommodation for employees to promote staff welfare and enhanced productivity. The Complex, he said, is currently being upgraded by Egbin Power’s new management as major repairs of the schools within the Estate have been concluded and that there is an ongoing overhaul of the recreational centres and housing units.

According to Peavey, the illegitimate residents, their wards and certain groups in the community have been linked with plans to disrupt the operations of the plant and other misdemeanors such as incidences of rape, robberies and vandalism that are already occurring on the facility.

“The illegal occupants are not documented and this is a huge risk in an enclosed environment. Outcomes from various investigations show that some of the criminal and untoward acts perpetrated in the Estate have been traced to individuals linked to some of the former PHCN staff most of whom have either retired or transferred about eight years ago but has refused to vacate the Estate after being served quit notices for over two years now. They continue to harass our staff and issue threats of major disruptions to the facility. The situation deserves immediate national attention considering the strategic role Egbin plays in the power sector. We therefore appeal to law enforcement agencies to urgently address the situation which may result in sabotage to the plant,” he said.

The Egbin CEO said the housing constraint is taking its toll on the Technical Personnel and engineers who work on shift and on-call duty. He explained that no fewer than 150 members of staff are being denied accommodation by the situation, a development he added had led to endless cases of “trauma and impeded productivity” in the company. Most of the Technical personnel and Engineers who work on shift and on-call duty have had to seek accommodation outside the company’s facility and now find it difficult to attend to call duties especially when it occurs at odd hours. Employees on shift duty operations that end late in the night encounter several security risks on their way home.

“About 150 of our employees and their families are being denied accommodation as a result of the illegal occupants. We have staff crowded into apartments whilst the current occupants who have since been paid their severance packages and entitlements refuse to vacate the official quarters. We have about 16 graduate engineers crammed into a 3 bedroom, with many more staff and their families being dislodged. Obviously, their prolonged illegal stay is stretching the existing maintenance facilities meant for the legal occupants. We are calling for the prompt intervention of the government and law enforcement agencies to address the situation to ensure adequate security of lives and property, and most importantly, sustained transformation in Egbin,” he stated.

Some of the staff equally shared their experiences, albeit anonymously for fear of being targeted by the illegal occupants.

A mechanical maintenance engineer lamented, “My performance is being affected by the situation as I sometimes feel unsafe when I have to work night shifts. This is telling on my health and productivity.”

Another staff in Operations said; “I struggle to arrive work on time and get home very late in the night especially when on afternoon duty because I travel over 50km to get home. The associated risks are better imagined.”

The plant’s management said the sustenance of improved power generation in Egbin can only be guaranteed if the operating environment is devoid of the disruptions and criminal activities perpetrated by these illegal occupants whose presence continually compromises security protocol and subsequently threatens law and order on the facility.

Comments (1)

  • Oct 10, 2015 at 5:25 am FirecloudOFGOD

    It is important that the Presidency should take note of this odd situation in Egbin Housing estate. Their action borders on brigandage to say the least. Police should be dispatched there immediately with the court orders to remove them from the grounds if they have no valid papers to continue to occupy those houses. Good and stable supply of electricity is crucial in the next step to sustainable development. We cannot afford a further disruption to electricity in Nigeria.

    The time of impunity is over, rule of law should start to take hold.

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