There is a gap between power generation and electricity distribution in Edo State. The Azura-Edo IPP is a 700MW Open Cycle Gas Turbine power station completed and unfortunately there is no electricity in Edo State. Edo State is in darkness. It is Phase 1 of a 1,500MW IPP facility located on a 100 hectare site, large enough to accommodate future expansion of the power plant. It is difficult to explain how Azura will generate 700 megawatts yet Edo State is in darkness. There is a gap between Azura and BEDC in terms of power generation and distribution in Edo State.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s government does not know what to do with the mess it inherited in the power sector. Power supply today is an admission that the Goodluck Jonathan administration that superintended over the power sector privatisation dealt so selfishly, so cavalierly and so treacherously with Nigerians. Shamsuddeen Usman, a former National Planning Minister under that regime, confirmed recently that politicians and officials circumvented safeguards as they scrambled to corner stakes in the unbundled DisCos and GenCos.
Governor Obaseki is setting new boundaries for power generation in Edo State which Benin Electricity DisCo (“BEDC” or “Benin Disco”) which one of the successor distribution companies (DisCos) created following the unbundling and privatization of the state-owned Power Holding Company of Nigeria Plc highly misunderstood.
In June 2017, Governor Godwin Obaseki announced to the world that in six months’ time, his administration would provide uninterrupted power supply to Bénin City and environs.
Edo-Azura power project represents a blueprint for power plants model in Nigeria which BEDC has completely neglected.
Today, Azura power is providing affordable, secure and reliable electricity by attracting investors with low risk, stable returns.
Inwalomhe Donald, Benin City
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