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TCN to IBEDC, BEDC: Stop blaming your inefficiency on us, supply your customers electricity

.... slams IBEDC and BEDC's claims as false and incorrect

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“The TCN sees the misinformation of IBEDC as a ploy to undermine and mislead the public against regular power supply; it remained focused on supporting the government’s move towards a more robust and efficient power supply”

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has accused Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) and the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) of lying to their customers about their inability to supply estimated hours of electricity to them.

The TCN made the condemnation in separate press statements it released on Friday in response to the false statements from IBEDC and BEDC.

The statements signed by its General Manager, Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, and obtained by Persecondnews in Abuja faulted both DisCos for blaming their failures on TCN.

Persecondnews recalls that the two DisCos, in separate notices published on their social media handles on different days, blamed their inability to supply estimated hours of power to certain categories of customers on some challenges from TCN installations.

But the TCN said the IBEDC and BEDC’s claims were false and incorrect.

Persecondnews reports that Abeokuta, Ogun state capital and virtually all the towns in the state have been plunged into total darkness for over 10 days without an explanation from IBEDC.

TCN stated: “The Transmission Company of Nigeria hereby notes that the publication circulated by IBEDC on April 9, 2024, which stated that TCN is responsible for its failure to “deliver estimated hours of supply to your feeder” due to system outages and tripping on TCN’s feeders, is incorrect.

“The feeders mentioned in the publication are NOT within the TCN network.

”This means that most of the listed feeders in the publication are 11 kV operated by IBEDC and completely outside TCN’s operational control and in IBEDC’s network.”

The TCN spokesperson added that while the company sees the misinformation of IBEDC as a ploy to undermine and mislead the public against regular power supply, it remained focused on supporting the government’s move towards a more robust and efficient power supply.

“Consequently, TCN assures the public of its commitment to continue to work hard to effectively transport the entire bulk electricity received from the generating companies to distribution load centres nationwide.”

Also, TCN faulted the publication on BEDC’s social media platform on April 12, 2024, for its inability to supply 20 hours of power supply to its Band A customers.

“We hereby note that BEDC attributed this to tripping due to an earth fault at Amukpe and tripping due to an XLPE cable puncture at Effurun, both TCN substations, which is not correct.

“The incorrect attribution of these faults to TCN is clearly shown in the table on that release by IBEDC.

“For clarity, we note that on April 11, 2024, the Amukpe 33kV feeder tripped at 2:31 p.m. and was restored by 4.08 p.m. within 1 hour and 54 minutes.

“The cause of the outage, which was clearly under BEDC purview, was an instantaneous earth fault caused by stormy weather, which was restored on trial reclosure after the rain had subsided.

“Still, on the 11th of April 2024, the Effurun 33kV feeder tripped at 12:25 p.m., and it is still out.

“The cause of the tripping was an earth fault on the outgoing feeder upriser, also from the BEDC DISCO end.

“This report is to set the records straight and to appeal that facts be stated as they are for the benefit of all,” Mbah said.

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