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Labour gives recipe for revamping power sector

ORGANISED Labour in the nation’s electricity sector, under the umbrella of Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies, SSEAC, has given a ten-point agenda on how to revamp the electricity sector in the country and provide stable power supply to Nigerians. President of SSEAC, Comrade Bede Opara, said among others, there should be a discontinuation of plans to sell Egbin Power station and urgent re-organisation of the distribution sector of the power industry, building of more and rehabilitation of existing injection, 33/11kv substations. That is, doubling of existing capacity. According to him, more 11/.415kv substations should be installed as against the existing capacity x 1.5. Rehabilitation of 33kv, 11kv and 0.415kv reticulations. We must use concrete poles, steel cross arms and appropriate conductor sizes. There should be a fast-tracking of on_going transmission projects, fast-tracking of on_going power plant projects and re-deployment of staff strictly on competency and need.” “Employment and training of young engineers especially by the standard way of setting exams for all fresh graduate engineers and technologists; installation of three more units at Egbin as provision had been made for expansion during the initial construction. This is cheaper compared to building of a new Station. Same goes for Kainji as provision had been made for four more units. All civil works already completed. This is cheaper than building a new one. “Task teams” should be formed from the existing staff for rehabilitation work in the Stations as was done at Sapele Power Station. Young Engineers should be attached to them for training purposes. Gradual and consistent replacement of obsolete equipment should be embarked upon. There should be close monitoring of all projects to conform to standard and completion within a time schedule.”


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