The cry for improved power supply and fair distribution continues in Gombe.

Residents and business owners are displeased with the manner electricity is distributed in the state.

Some parts of Gombe metropolis have been without power for days while others enjoy regular supply.
“The power supply unlike few months back, has dropped beyond what my business can survive on” said Suleman Vincent, a welder within the metropolis. 

Vincent said he used to enjoy 10-12 hours of power supply in his shop but the recent fall has affected his business and well-being.

“For now I don’t trust or believe in NEPA (JED) even if the light comes I believe it will soon go off because I don’t believe that the light has come to stay for long” Vincent added.

Save Our Souls

Muhammad M2 who also owns a welding shop along Gombe/Bauchi road said he has found an alternative source of energy.

He runs a generator which has proven to be quite unprofitable based on the cost extensions.

Plana Fada, a resident told Bounce News that he was surprised that President Buhari has done nothing on the privatization of Nigeria’s Power Holding Company.

He said he expects Buhari’s led administration to reverse the privatization deal as the private companies have performed below expectation.

Fada said the President Buhari should remember the masses that depend on power to make ends meet and do something to address the power problem.

Adamu Rabi’u Maikifi is a frozen dealer who said the power shortage they are facing has forced them to use generators to power their freezers.

This, he said resulted in significant increment in fish prices across the state. 

He noted that since Buhari-led government has failed to address the power problem, they have rescinded to fate while hoping for an improvement.

The Plan

Meanwhile, Gombe state government has assured its citizens that the Dadin Kowa Dam hydroelectric plant that is expected to produce 40MW would be ready for commissioning by the end of the year.

Deputy Governor, Charles Ilya said this at an event where he represented the state governor Ibrahim Dankwambo. 

He added that all arrangement for the smooth completion of the project have been put in place.

Sources within Jos electricity distribution company (JEDC Plc) revealed that the recent power shortage has to do with the sale of injection sub-stations to individuals by JEDC Plc who retails the power to clients. 

The sources said, the individuals who buy the sub-stations acquire 5-6 hours of power from the power transmitting company, distribute hourly or less to injection sub-stations.

An allegation the regional manager (RM) in charge of Gombe Sani Hamza denies. 

“How can that be? We only engage private revenue collectors,” Hamza said.

According to the RM the private revenue collectors engaged by JEDC Plc are allocated with injection sub-station to generate revenue from. 

He added that they had to do that because JEDC Plc has never generated more than 20% of energy consumption in Gombe.

This, he said may be as a result of consumers defaulting payments or the sharp practice by some of the company's staff who collect money from consumers but fail to remit.

“We are doing anything humanly possible to see that we satisfy our customers’ need. We also expect them to do their part by paying all necessary bills,” he said.