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‘ Why There Is Improved Power Supply’ - Acting MD YEDC

Anti-corruption disposition of President Muhammadu Buhari has been linked to the improved gas supply and relative stability in power supply across the nation.

Acting Managing Director of Yola Electricity Distribution Company, YEDC, Baba Umar Mustapha, stated this in his maiden interaction with journalists at the headquarters of Yola DISCO.

Mustapha, who debunked insinuations linking improvement in power supply experienced across the nation to the rainy season, said the notion while incorrect, had gained currency because most people think power generation often peaks during rainy season due to power generation from the hydro-electric power stations in the country.

Rather, he said the improvement in power supply, which is being witnessed across the nation, was due to anti- corruption disposition of the Muhammadu Buhari presidency as well as improvement in gas supply to the various thermal generating plants. Mustapha noted that the investors had been told to either shape up or ship out.

The new acting managing director also informed that with the improvement of power supply, Mubi Town has been reconnected to national grid after several months of being in the dark.

He also canvassed the assistance of the Federal Government to allow the restoration of power supply to some Borno towns following the reconnection of Mubi Town in Adamawa State to the national grid.

Mubi town which fell to Boko Haram at the height of the onslaught of the insurgency has been in blackout since October last year following the destruction of key power installations as a result of the war waged by the military to retake the captured town renamed Madinatul Islam by the insurgents.

“They could have said there is gas supply improvement to the thermal power generation plants because the hydro-electric power stations do not contribute up to 25% of our demands for now, though they are more reliable.

“The bottom line is that there’s a gas supply improvement in the system and partly also because of the zero tolerance for corruption by the present government has also contributed. Because it is no longer business as usual, whether you generate and make your money or you pack and go,” Mustapha stated.

Mustapha noted that the Yola DISCO was privately owned and not unlike other privately-owned entities does not get subvention from the Federal Government, hence was responsible for paying the emoluments of its employees through the revenues it generates.

He revealed plans to take YEDC to greater heights even as he debunked insinuation that the company had been returned to the government.

He also warned staff against corrupt practices, saying any staff found guilty of sharp practices would be fired.
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