Some residents of the Lagos metropolis on Tuesday commended Federal Government’s efforts at improving the nation’s electricity supply as power generation increased from 2, 718 megawatts to 3,342 megawatts.
They spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, against the backdrop of the improvement recorded in electricity supply.
Mr Idemudia Godwin, the General Manager, Media Communications, Eko Electricity Distribution Company Plc (EKEDCP), said the power supply had improved when compared to previous weeks.
Godwin said that currently the company is receiving about 338 megawatts from Egbin, Para Electric and National Grid, compared to when they received less than 150 megawatts from the National Grid.
He said that power firms and government were putting in place measures to improve the sector.
Some artisans including welders, hair dressers, barbing salon operators also confirmed to NAN correspondent that supply had improved and had boosted their businesses.
Similarly, some operators of cold rooms at Ijora and Oshodi said the hours of supply had improved but they still complement the power supply with their personal generators.
The Chairman, Surulere Welders Association, Mr Fagbemi Abiodun, said that government should be commended over the improvement in power supply to some parts of Lagos State in the last few days.
Abiodun said that would go a long way in sustaining artisans in the state who had lost interest in power supply over the years.
He urged the government to sustain the tempo and improve on it, saying that the improvement would lead to job creation.
According to him, some manufacturers and big-time welders that fell under the industrial or maximum-demand customers, consumed the greatest volume of electricity.
“At the time of very low generation and supply, that category of consumers depended solely on generators.
Abiodun, who said that members were excited over the development, however, appealed to the authority to sustain and improve on the supply.
The President, Ijora Hairdressers Association, Mrs Augusta Cletus, who corroborated the improvement in power supply, said much was still required to make the desired impact.
Cletus urged distribution companies to effect repairs on damaged cables to enable small businesses to thrive.
“Most of our members that I spoke to on this issue, confirmed that there has been significant improvement in electricity supply unlike in the past when we may not have electricity for some days.
“I will like to advise the government not to relax, as so much need to be done. Government should ensure that there is adequate supply of gas, and at very affordable price.
“This will go a long way to help stabilise the improvement we are witnessing now,’’ she said.
The Executive Director, Emmy Engineering Ltd., Mr Edwin Charles, said that power had relatively improved, which had positively impacted on their businesses.
According him, stable power supply is still a far-fetched issue in Nigeria in spite of privatisation of the sector.
“ It is obvious that power has improved relatively in Lagos and its environs; however, a lot needs to be done to develop the sector to expectations.
“ The generation, distribution and transmission sections still have their own problems.
“Improvement in power supply is not what Nigerians are looking for. Consumers need more than that from the government since power plays a crucial role in the socio-economic development, not only of the people, but the nation as well.
“It is evident that power has improved but not to a level Nigerians are looking out for.
“In Lagos Island, where I work, many firms rely on alternative energy supply.
“This is because they cannot depend solely on power from the National Grid. This means that the country still has a long way to go in the area of power,” he added.
Meanwhile, some residents of Lawanson , Aborisade, Isolo and Mushin insisted that power supply had not improved .
A civil servant, Mrs Uzo Udochukwu, said the situation had become worse in Ajao Estate in Isolo Local Government Area.
She appealed to the Ikeja Electricity Company to come to the aid of residents. (NAN)