By Emma Arubi
WARRIâ€”RESIDENTS of Sapele metropolis in Delta State have commended the Business Manager of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), Mr. Fola Jinadu, for ensuring steady power supply in the town.
Led by a Sapele-based hotelier and retired Chevron staff, Mr. Ben Tobi, the people said since the coming of Mr. Jinadu he has not only ensured regular power supply but also undertaken immediate repair and/ or replacement of faulty cable as promptly reported.
Mr. Ben Tobi particularly singled the Sapele District Business Manager out for commendation over his efforts in transfering a PHCN transformer and all its accessories from an unsuitable location to the appropriate site within a short space of his resummption in office without cost to residents of the affected area.
He said managers before Mr. Jinadu, an engineer, had left the transformer there for a long time due to the inability of residents to raise the amount charged by PHCN officials to effect the transfer and urged the power boss to maintain the tempo.
Earlier in his speech, Mr. Fola Jinadu said he achieved all these feat with the support and understanding of the management and staff of the district. He, however, expressed regret that incidences of cable theft and illegal connection was still a worrying factor hindering the rendering of full service to the people and charge them to be vilgilant and report culprits promptly for appropriate action.
The Sapele PHCN boss discosed that the district would require the upgrade of its step down transformer to about 60MVA capacity to enable it supply Oghara community that is nearby, instead of relying on power supply from far away Benin City, Edo State.
He said illegal connection and cable theft have drastically reduced the revenue profile of the business unit, just as he disclosed that none of his staff had been found to have connived with cable vandals to perpetuate illegality in Sapele.