PHCN Pledges To End Outage In Kogi

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The Manager of Lokoja Business District of the Power Holding Copmany of Nigeria (PHCN) in Kogi State, Mr Abednego Akabuko has said that the rampant power outage in the state would soon be a thing of the past.

Akabuko told The Tide in Lokoja that five additional power projects approved by the Federal Government for the state would soon be completed.

According to him, the projects include the 33KVA overhead line from Ajaokuta to Idah-Okpachala axis in Kogi East senatorial district and the 33KVA overhead line from Okene-Lokoja-Banda- Koton-Karfri areas.

Akabuko listed others to include the 33KVA overhead line from Ajaokuta to Lokoja and the installation of a 15 MVA transformer at the injection sub-station in Lokoja.

He said that there was also the construction of a 11 KV feeder pillar in Lokoja, adding that the upgrade of the Ajaokuta transmission station from 33KVA to 60MVA, which was embarked on early last year, had been completed and commissioned.

The manager said that 15 of the existing 19 transformers in Lokoja and its environs had been reactivated and injected back into the national grid.

According to him, the aluminum cable wire supplying electricity to different parts of the city has been upgraded from 35mm to 150mm to reduce the incidence of wire snapping.

Akabuko hinted that the projects approved in 2011were to meet the increasing demand for electricity in the state, pointing out that two additional service centres had been established at Obajana and Ganaja areas to promptly attend to the public.

He said that the monthly revenue generated by the office had increased to N75 million from N35 million in January since 2010.

Attributing the success to the cooperation and dedication of staff, he said that he lifted their morale through prompt payment of claims and other welfare packages.

Akabuko called for the recruitment of more operational and supporting staff to enable the district sustain and improve upon its present performance.