Apart from recent disruption of electricity supply through the national grid as a result of the collapse of the transmission system nationwide, the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) says it is contending with rising incidents of sabotage and vandalism of its facilities in its franchise areas.
The franchise areas covered by the AEDC include Nasarawa, Niger, Kogi and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
However, the power distribution company said in a statement to consumers by its spokesperson, Donald Etim, that the areas with serious cases of vandalism around its network include Wuye Substation and Utako Substations, Abuja, which has resulted in the series of outages experiences in those areas and environs in recent times.
Etim listed the locations most affected around the Wuye 2 Injection Substation to include ths NNPC Staff Quarters, Cosgrove Estate, Reuben Okoye Street, Pius Ayim Street, Tambuwal Street, Shafa Filling station, Nationwide Estate, DSS Quarters, Idris Gidado and its environs.
The location around the B6 Injection Substation include Anthony Enahoro Street, National Assembly Commission, Ministry of Environment Annex, Aneio Hotel, KANEM Suites, Peace Park, Inuwa Wada Close, SO Williams Close, JMG Generators, Customs Staff Quarters, Glory Estate, Dove Estate, Utako Market, IBM Haruna Street, TOS Benson Street, Alibro Plaza, Chisco Transport, and environs.
He however appealed for patience and understanding by electricity consumers in the affected areas as its engineers were already mobilised to effect repairs and restore power supply in the affected areas as soon as possible.
“While we are working to optimally deploy the low power AEDC is being allocated daily in recent days, please be informed that we are also experiencing cases of serious vandalism around our network, specifically in our Wuye Substation and Utako Substations, Abuja, causing outages in those areas and environs,” Etim said.
“Our Engineers are currently at both sites working to restore normal supply, estimated to be in a matter of hours. We regret any inconveniences and appeal to customers for their understanding,” he added.