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Abuja Electricity Company, Kogi Govt Partner To Channel Excess Power From Dangote’s Obajana Plant

The management of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) and the Kogi State government are exploring the possibility of accessing the excess power being generated by the Dangote Group at its cement plant, located at Obajana in Kogi State.
The Dangote Group is said to be currently generating electricity in
excess of the requirement of its cement production plant in
Obajana area of the state.
At a meeting held in Abuja mid last week, the AEDC management and the Kogi state government resolved to work together towards getting the Dangote Group to sell off the excess energy to the Disco, in order to help boost power supply to various parts of the state.
Present at the meeting held at the AEDC office in Abuja were the
Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr. Neil
Croucher, while the Secretary to the Kogi State Government, Professor Olugbemiro Jegede led the state government’s delegation.
Others at the meeting include Engineer Abimbola Odubiyi, Executive Director, Regulatory and Stakeholders Affairs, AEDC; the company’s Chief Finance Officer, Mr. Andrew Atterbury, and its Executive Director, Technical Services, Engineer Joe Chiyassa, while Professor Jegede
was accompanied by the Senior Special Assistant to the Kogi State
governor on Power, Dr. Paul Attah.
Both the AEDC and the Kogi government state were hopeful that such surplus energy, once accessed from the Dangote Group, will help significantly to enhance electricity supply in various parts of the State.
Mr. Croucher used the opportunity of the meeting to reassure the
government and people of Kogi State that the AEDC does not bill its unmetered customers arbitrarily even as he revealed his company’s plans to roll out its mass metering
project for its customers in Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger states, as well as
the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The AEDC boss advised those who
cannot wait for the company’s metering plan to take advantage of a scheme put in place by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) called CAPMI.
The CAPMI-Credited Advance Payment for Metering Implementation-is intended to speed up the metering project nationwide by allowing
customers to advance money to the Discos to meter their premises,
while the latter reimburse such customers in various installments.
Earlier in his remarks, Professor Jegede extended Governor Idris Wada’s appreciation to the management of AEDC for delegating a high-powered team led by an executive director, to an earlier meeting held with representatives of the state government in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.
At the meeting held in Lokoja, various issues of mutual interest
between the state government and the company were discussed, with a resolve to review progress made in implementing resolutions passed at that forum after one month. [myad]

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