House Calls for Immediate Completion of Transmission Substation to Boost Power Supply in Parts of Kogi State

By Starrys Obazei | January 26, 2023

The House of Representatives has called the Federal Ministry of Power to immediately intervene and ensure the completion of the 2X60MVA 132/33 KV Transmission Substation in Ayingba, Kogi state.

The call follows a motion of urgent public importance, by Hon. Hassan Abdullah, during plenary on Thursday, on the need for the completion of 2X60MVA 132/33KV Transmission Substation at Ayingba Kogi State.

The lawmaker noted that before the Privatization of Nigeria’s Electricity Supply Industry, the entire nine local government areas in the Kogi State were fed on a 33KV network from Nsukka in present Enugu State and Oturkpo in Benue state.

“Also note that presently, the supply from Nsukka and Oturkpo links have been cut off and as such, the entire Nine (9) Local Government Areas are fed from a 33KV feeder breaker code-named Ayingba feeder at the 132/33KV substation in Ajaokuta.

“Aware that the 33KV Ayingba feeder can deliver only 15MW, which depends on the load allocation

“Further aware that some of the Local Government Areas headquarters are as far as 285km away from the 33kV source, and there is a constant issue of low voltage that could hardly contend with the numerous communities under the nine Local Government Areas.

“Cognizance that in 2009, a 2 x 60MVA, 132/33kV transmission substation situated at Ayingba, with a 132kV Nsukka – Ayingba line project contract was awarded by Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

“Concerned that the substation building has been erected, with the 2x 60MVA transformers placed on plinths, but the contractors abandoned the project for years as there is no visible activity on the site.

“Worried that with only a 33kV feeder breaker supplying power to these
local government areas and surrounding communities, the state power supply to the communities will remain unimaginably low and faulty, thus causing constant blackouts in the entire Kogi State.

The House, therefore, resolved to urge the Federal Ministry of Power to immediately intervene in the predicament of Ankpa, Ida, Dekina, Omala, Olamaboro, Ibaji, Bassa Olu, Igala-mela/Odolu Local Government Areas to ensure
the completion of the transmission substation in Ayingba.

The House also mandated the Committee on Power to audit the completion of the 2X60MVA 132/33KV project contract performance and to complete the project as a matter of urgency. They further mandate Committee on Legislative Compliance to ensure implementation.

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