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TCN Assures Nigerians Of Steady Electricity Supply

The management of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) on Tuesday assured Nigerians of steady and regular electricity supply.

Mr Jonathan Ndiagwaralukwe, the Executive Director (Systems Operations) of the TCN, gave the assurance in Abuja, while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

“We are promising steady electricity not only during the Yuletide but also throughout the year; we are moving the sector forward.

“We are saying Nigerians deserve steady electricity supply and one of the cardinal points of this government is regular power day or night.

“All the efforts made in the past to improve the sector are gradually yielding fruits; we expect that the tempo would be sustained because all the investments made in the rehabilitation of power stations, transmission lines and even in power distribution are coming on-stream.

“Also, new projects are being inaugurated, especially the National Integration Power Projects (NIPPs) and new power stations.

“As regards steady gas supply to our thermal stations, which has remained a thorny issue; there is an improvement. Power stations are now getting gas and new NIPPs are coming on-stream,’’ he said

Ndiagwaralukwe reiterated that electricity supply would henceforth be stable and regular in the country, as the TCN had put requisite facilities in place to facilitate steady power supply.

He said that the TCN had installed new electricity transformers across the country, while reinforcing existing power transmission lines.

He stressed that the power sector was being overhauled via sustained investments in electricity generation, transmission and distribution, adding that this would enhance power supply to the people considerably.

Ndiagwaralukwe, however, urged electricity consumers to settle their bills promptly and regularly, particularly now that electricity supply situation had improved appreciably.

He, nonetheless, bemoaned the attitude of some people who burned bushes where PHCN’s installations were located, adding that some individuals were even fond of excavating sand near PHCN’s facilities.

Ndiagwaralukwe stressed the bush burning and excavation of sand near PHCN’s facilities could endanger power supply and cause blackouts for the citizens.

He urged all Nigerians to vigilantly guard all PHCN facilities in their neighbourhoods, while reporting any act of vandalism to the police.



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PHCN Tasks Customers On Prompt Power Supply

The management of PHCH EKO Electricity Distribution Company of Nigeria, on Tuesday appealed to electricity consumers within its zone to pay their outstanding bills to enable the station to discharge its duties effectively.

 Mr Oladele Amoda, the Chief Executive Officer of the zone told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that consumers should assist the company in its efforts to provide stable and efficient power supply.

He said electricity supply had been stable in the zone due to the Federal Government’s effort at ensuring adequate supply of gas and effective rehabilitation of power plants nationwide.

Amoda stressed that it would be difficult for PHCN to continue its operation in an environment where there was no corresponding response to investments and services rendered.

He said the zone invested so much in all the units under its network to sensitise customers to the need for the settlement of their debts “so that the money would be returned to the source’’.

He said PHCN had no other source of funds, adding that increasing debts would impede its development in the areas.

He noted the cost of capacity improvement for the Agbara 132/33/11KV station from 90MVA to 150MVA and the creation of another 33KV and 11KV feeders meant to relieve the Badagry 33KV feeder, was quite enormous.

He assured the public that as gas supply continued to improve and more National Integrated Power Projects came on stream, the transmission and distribution companies would continue to harness available generation.

Amoda said: “our doors are open for you to bring your complaints with the assurance of prompt response. We urge you not to relate with touts and encourage you to report any identified PHCN worker who attempts to extort money or asks for gratification from you,’’

He, however, gave the assurance of constant supply to customers during the Christmas season.

Amoda appealed to customers within the zone’s network to cooperate with the company to ensure adequate and prompt protection of electricity installations against vandalism.

The Transmission Company of Nigeria recently said that the country’s generation hit 4,500 Megawatts, which was attributed to President Goodluck Jonathan’s promise to improve power delivery to Nigerians.


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UBA Lowers Fees For Festive Season

To drive the Cashless initiative and provide value added services to customers, during the festive season, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, Africa’s global bank, has removed access fees for all electronic channels and lowered transaction fees for its range of electronic products (e-products) and services.

Customers of the bank are now empowered to access banking transactions at significantly lower rates, across the bank’s electronic platforms. The Bank’s e-Banking products and services include UBA Debit and Prepaid Cards, U-Mobile (Your Bank on your Mobile) and U-Direct (Your Bank on the Web).

In addition, the bank has significantly simplified the enrollment process and removed the monthly access charge on Mobile banking (U-Mobile) and internet banking (U-Direct) channels and lowered the transaction fees on transactions done on U-Mobile, U-Direct and ATM channels.

Head e-Banking, UBA Plc, Dr. Adeyinka Adedeji said “the removal of channel access fee and significant reduction of our fees is well-timed. We want our Customers to be able to send money to loved ones during this season at minimal cost and with from the convenience of their mobile and internet. Our Debit and Prepaid Cards would also address the safety concerns prevalent during this period as our Customers don’t have to carry cash around.”

A major highlight of the UBA gesture, according to Adedeji, is the cancellation of N100 monthly access charge to U-Mobile and U-Direct for retail customers and removal of N150,000.00 enrollment fee for web payment gateway installation on Merchant’s website.

He noted that UBA remains passionate about customer service and is committed to driving the cashless initiative including pioneering the use of e-banking products, point of sales (POS), web payment and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) in the Nigerian banking industry as a way of improving baking services to its customers.

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