Residents of some areas in Lagos State will be without normal power supply for eight weeks, the Ikeja Electricity Company has announced.
This is to allow the electricity distribution company carry out an upgrade to the 132KVA conductors from Ogba to Ikeja which will be undertaken by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).
The power outage will begin from October 11 and will be within the hours of 8am to 6 pm daily, Naija News understands.
This was disclosed on Monday by the Chief Technical Officer, Ikeja Electric (IE), Jide Kumapayi.
He listed areas that will be affected by the planned upgrade to include Oregun axis; Police Training College axis; Anifowoshe; Ojodu; Oba Akran; Magodo; Omole Phase 1 and Oke-Ira, among others.
Kumapayi explained that the upgrade will increase the capacity of the transmission lines to wheel more power from the generation companies.
He added that some of the 132K lines were installed over 50 years ago and were definitely in need of an upgrade after several years of usage and deterioration.
“The TCN is replacing all the aluminum conductors with gap conductors which is more sophisticated to withstand heat and has more capacity to carry current.
“The implication of this is that from 8a.m. to 6p.m. everyday, the substations controlling these areas will be switched off, which will affect the feeders connected to them.
“This will affect all categories of customers within the area especially our Maximum Demand (MD) customers such as Ikeja City Mall, Police College, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital and the Ikeja High Court,” he said.
This is understood to be the second phase of the upgrade works, and the TCN will in the next phase, move to the Alimosho and Agege axis of Lagos.
Speaking further on the development, the Ikeja Electric Head of Corporate Communications, Felix Ofulue, said though the repair works will be done by the TCN, it is their own duty as a distribution company to notify customers as they are the ones who interact directly with them.
He pleaded for understanding within the time frame of the repairs which he stated would bring about better service delivery.
“Even though this is a TCN project, it is our duty to inform our customers of the situation because we are the ones that interface with them on a daily basis.
“We believe it will be for the benefit of our customers at the end of the day and will also allow Ikeja Electric to invest more in our system to improve power supply to customers under our network,” Ofulue said.