The 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 Obajana Cement Plant in Kogi State.
The plant is said to be currently generating electricity in excess of the requirement of its cement production.
To this end, a meeting has been held in Abuja between the AEDC management and the Kogi State Government with a view to working 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.
The meeting had in attendance the managing director/chief executive officer of the AEDC, Neil Croucher while the Secretary to the Kogi State Government, Prof Olugbemiro Jegede, led the state government’s delegation. In a statement issued yesterday by the AEDC’s spokesperson, Ahmed Shekarau, both parties expressed the hope that such surplus energy, once accessed from the Dangote Group, will help significantly to enhance electricity supply in various parts of Kogi State.
In his remarks, Croucher reassured the government and people of Kogi State that the AEDC does not bill its unmetered customers arbitrarily. While revealing his company’s plans to roll out its mass metering project for its customers in Kogi, Nasarawa, and Niger states, as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), he urged customers who cannot wait for the company’s metering plan to take advantage of the Credited Advance Payment for Metering Implementation (CAPMI) scheme put in place by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
The scheme is intended to speed up the metering project nationwide by allowing willing customers to advance money to the DISCOs to meter their premises while the latter would reimburse such customers in various installments from their energy charge.
Leadership News – Culled from http://leadership.ng/business/434065/aedc-kogi-govt-target-excess-power-from-dangotes-plant